Deputy President will reverse legal and executive changes over the use of the standard hand road (SGR) — a pet design of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration — should he win the presidential bean on August 9.
Mr Ruto said on Tuesday he’d return major operations shifted to Naivasha and Nairobi to the Coast to end the profitable privation facing original communities.
“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” he said in Nairobi on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programmes to the detriment of the coastal people.”
President Kenyatta’s administration has supported the SGR design, which he has maintained has reduced the logistics cost and boosted indigenous connectivity and integration and profitable growth of Kenya’s inland.
Kenya is obliged to recognize prepayment of the Sh327 billion it espoused for the design from the Exim Bank of China in May 2014 and started repaying last time after the expiry of the five- time grace period.
President Kenyatta has argued the SGR and the new inland vessel outstations in Nairobi and Naivasha have reduced traffic bettered outback connectivity and prodded profitable growth.
About 30 percent of all weight coming through Mombasa harborage goes to neighbouring countries.
Deputy President William Ruto and Mr Odinga are the leading campaigners to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who’ll leave the office at the end of indigenous two terms.
Dr Ruto is running on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.
President Kenyatta also said before that the completion of the depots and inception of freight services will significantly support and give harborage, for the development of the proposed Naivasha Industrial Park.
He said the- forecourt- cadence Naivasha ICD won’t only help relieve pressure on the Port of Mombasa and the Nairobi ICD but will also take the weight closer to Uganda and South Sudan by a farther 120 kilometers from Nairobi.
Wafula Chebukati Invites All Presidential Candidates To A Meeting Next Week
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has invited all the four presidential candidates to a meeting on Wednesday next week.
The candidates; William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance Party), Raila Odinga (Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance), George Wajackoya of Roots Party, and Waihiga Mwaure of Agano Party will meet with Chebukati at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club for consultations.
Key on the agenda will be to discuss the printed voter register, the election results path and the harmonization of campaign schedules for the candidates.
“Please note that you may be accompanied to the meeting by not more than five persons,” the IEBC Chairperson said in a circular.
An audit of the Register of Voters (ROV) was recently completed by audit firm KPMG and the final report submitted to IEBC on June 18.
Chebukati stated that a total of 46,232 polling stations have been registered in 2022. This is a 13 per cent increase from 2017 where 40,883 polling stations were registered.
The number of registered voters has also risen from 19.6 million to 22.1 million, equivalent to 12.79 per cent.
According to IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein, the audit report also revealed a massive transfer of voters.
“KPMG analysed the full register and noted that there were transfer transactions processed between 2017 general election and May 2022.
“The analysis of those transfers identified several constituencies and counties showing trends of abnormal voter transfers having been processed in the Register of Voters,” Marjan said.
No Cause For Alarm, William Ruto Assures Residents Over Fears Of Poll Chaos
Deputy President William Ruto has assured Nakuru County residents that there will be peace before, during and after the August 9 General Election.
The UDA leader, speaking after a meeting with residents, called on Kenyans seeking seats to commit to peaceful campaigns.
Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi and Elburgon residents, who met the DP and other Kenya Kwanza leaders yesterday, had expressed fears over possible poll chaos in their areas ahead of elections.
Ruto was accompanied by his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Njoro MP Charity Kathambi, Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri and Senate aspirant Tabitha Karanja.
The media was locked out of the meeting that lasted more than six hours. Speaker after speaker at the event claimed they were living in fear as the ghosts of previous poll chaos haunt them. The locals said they were hesitant to support Ruto fearing he would not take care of their interests.
“We have had fears and we keep asking ourselves what will happen if we give the Deputy President this seat. Will he take care of us? That has been our fear. That is why in this area, we are hesitant to support you,” said Mr John Macharia.
The issue of land and displaced persons also cropped up, with locals calling on Ruto to promise to he will address their issues should he succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr Peter Gikonyo said displaced people in Molo were never compensated. He said there are fears hostilities could return as the campaigns peak. He told the Kenya Kwanza brigade that their hearts are heavy for fear of the unknown.
“Give out an order immediately you get elected so that those occupying land that was not allocated to them can vacate it,” he said.
While assuring the residents of peace, Ruto called on Azimio la Umoja One Kenya flag bearer Raila Odinga and other leaders to condemn political violence.
The DP said he made a major sacrifice in 2012 when he dropped his presidential bid to support Uhuru for the sake of peace. He assured locals that the August poll will be orderly and peaceful, saying the country had learnt lessons from the 2007-2008 post-election skirmishes.