Insults won't earn you votes, Uhuru tells aspirants

“When I say I'm supporting Baba (Raila) I don’t mean the other people are bad."

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Pipeline Estate residents after a church service at AIC Pipeline on April 3, 2022.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Pipeline Estate residents after a church service at AIC Pipeline on April 3, 2022.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday warned politicians against insulting each other while on their campaign trails.

Speaking at a rally on Sunday, the president urged politicians to practice sobriety to avoid plunging the country into chaos.

“Those who think insults will give them votes will be surprised... Ask for votes with respect and in a peaceful way. Picking a side doesn't mean one becomes your enemy,” Uhuru said.

He noted that it was his constitutional right to decide on who he will vote for in the August 9 elections.

“When I say I'm supporting Baba (Raila) I don’t mean the other people are bad but I know why my vote is with him. That is my constitutional right,” he added.

“When one takes a political stand [opposed to yours], that does not mean that person must be your enemy. It is just a political stand," he said.

Uhuru said his opponents took their campaigns to his backyard in Gatundu where they insulted him but he said nothing.

“They insulted me at my doorstep but I chose to be silent. If some people think insults will get them votes, they will be surprised. Do you understand me?” he asked.

Uhuru was referring to last month’s Kenya Kwanza rallies in Gatundu where Deputy President William Ruto deplored alleged attempts by the government to thwart his presidential bid.

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