Uhuru demands maximum turnout as Nyanza tour kicks off

"Njia ya kufanya hiyo gari iingie statehouse sio tu na mdomo."

In Summary

•Uhuru said infrastructure was key to unlocking the economy and at the same time creating more employment opportunities for the people.

•The President stressed that all the development projects were because of the handshake between him and Raila that brought peace across the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to the crowd in Miwani, Kisumu county, on Monday, August 1, 2022.
President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to the crowd in Miwani, Kisumu county, on Monday, August 1, 2022.
Image: PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has drummed up support for Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga challenging the people of Nyanza to turn up in large numbers and vote.

Uhuru told the electorates that to ensure that Raila gets to the State House, they must mean business and come out to vote and not just support him by word of mouth.

"Njia ya kufanya hiyo gari iingie statehouse sio tu na mdomo. Kwa sababu naskia nyinyi mnakubali tu kwa mdomo. Siku ikifika, mtu anasema wacha niende nitafute samaki, mwingine Mara wacha ni angalia bibi kama ako sawa aje, mwingine anaingia bar anasema ni public holiday ataenda baadaye(The only way of winning the presidency is by voting not just saying. I heard that you people only say by word of mouth. On D-day, one says let me go fishing, another looks after the wife, and another enters the bar citing the day being a public holiday)," he said.

"Hiyo ndio shida. Lakini kama mnaamini Yale mnasema tare tisa hakuna mtu wa kuongea na mwenzake bila kuonyesha kidole na Rangi (That is the problem. If you believe in what you say, on August 9 make it a requirement that before anyone engages you, he or she must have voted ."

He said Kisumu people mean what they say hence they should prove that in the ballot box.

Speaking in Kisumu when he officially opened the Kisumu Railways Station, the President lauded KDF for their work, saying infrastructure was key to unlocking the economy and at the same time creating more employment opportunities for the people.

The President stressed that all the development projects were because of the handshake between him and Raila that brought peace across the country.

President Uhuru dismissed politics of hatred, propaganda, insults and creating of enmity, and stealing saying Kenyans must not go on that road which will only lead to poverty, bloodshed and destroying the country as a whole.

The President threw the crowd wild when he said "I don't think that is the road we would want to follow".

He said what Kenyans need is peace, truth, development, employment opportunity for the jobless, respect and unity in the county.

"This is the road that we need to take and the vehicle taking us there is that being driven by my friend 'Baba' Raila and his conductor Martha Karua because through this vehicle we will have that unity, prosperity and peace as a country".

He termed Karua as an iron fist lady who will help Raila deliver

He exuded confidence that Raila would continue with his development projects and would not tolerate corruption.

Several Nyanza leaders led by Kisumu governor Anyang Nyong'o, a minority in the National assembly John Mbadi including Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli and Defense CS Eugene Wamakwa and Finance counterpart Ukur Yattani.

Others are MP John Mbadi, Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo, Kasipul Kabondo MP Ongo'ndo Were, Nyakach Aduma Owuor, Kisumu East Shakeel Shabbir, Seme James Nyikal, Lilian Gogo Rangwe, Ndhiwa MP Martin Owino Homabay Senator Moses Kajwang, Ruth Odinga amongst other leaders including ODM nominees for different positions.

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