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MAMA NGINA KENYATTA [PHOTO/COURTESY]

Wary Mama Ngina Kenyatta speaks on upcoming presidential election

Mama Ngina Kenyatta, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mother, has urged youth in Gatundu South Constituency to vote for Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 polls, saying “Uhuru has a vision for this country that he is yet to fulfill to completion, thus needs a second term as Head of State”.

Mama Ngina Kenyatta was speaking on Thursday, March 16, at Gitundu Village in Gatundu South Constituency, Kiambu County during the funeral of a relative, namely Paul Muhoho Gathecha.

The former First Lady expressed fear that the August 8 presidential election is going to be a tightly contested race, referring to it as a “war” that “can only be won if the youth registered as voters vote in Mr Kenyatta”.

“I am urging all of you, who are registered as voters, to stand together to give Uhuru a win. Remember, having a voter’s card is not just enough, please ensure on August 8 you wake up early in the morning to vote in Uhuru because the war won’t be easy. The only way we will emerge victorious is if we stand together,” said Mama Ngina Kenyatta in Kikuyu, translated to English.

“This will ensure that we give Uhuru another five years as President to be able to run this country and take it forward, leaving behind a legacy for this nation that he had dreamt of,” added Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Registration of voters at IEBC offices in 290 constituencies across the country ended on March 7 to pave way for an audit of the roll intended to weed out dead voters and those who may have been registered twice.

Currently, there are 19.7 million registered voters, with the recent mass voter registration exercise garnering 3.7 million new voters.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate, Deputy President William Ruto, will face off a NASA candidate, who is yet to be unveiled, among other presidential hopefuls in the August 8 general election.

NO PREFERRED CANDIDATE FOR MP

Mama Ngina Kenyatta, in her speech, said President Kenyatta has no favourite candidate for MP in Gatundu South Constituency, saying the leader that will be elected by the constituents is the one that the President will work alongside if he gets re-elected.

“You have heard the President saying, there is no one he prefers in Gatundu South Constituency for Parliamentary seat. The leader will be purely a consequence of your choice,” said Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

This is not the first time Mama Ngina Kenyatta has openly rooted for her son’s re-election bid.

In January, 2017, the former First Lady visited retired President Daniel Moi at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County to persuade the ex-Head of State to talk to his son, Baringo Senator and KANU Chair Gideon Moi, to support team UhuRuto for Presidency in August 8.

Uhuru nearly three weeks later paid Moi senior a courtesy call at his home in Kabarnet Gardens, after which KANU announced that it will support Uhuru’s re-election bid in August.

The meeting also came just days after Kanu held a meeting and decided to make an announcement in two weeks to decide which coalition to support for the Presidency.

Uhuru and Gideon share a longtime friendship just like their two families and even went to school, St Mary’s School Nairobi, at the same time.

Kanu has decided to field candidates in all elective positions across the country except for President.

 

 

 

 

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