Kenyatta Signals Jubilee-ODM Alliance, dismisses UDA defections as inconsequential

Nairobi – President Uhuru Kenyatta has given the clearest indication that the Jubilee Party will pull together all its arsenals to ensure its allies clinch power in the 2022 elections.

Kenyatta aired his feelings days ahead of the planned political pact between Jubilee and the Orange Democratic Movement party at a two-day twin national delegates conference by the two political parties.

“You know they keep telling me I only have one vote and that’s true because every Kenyan has only one vote. I will however never get tired of traveling across the country telling Kenyans to vote for Jubilee because of our background. I will not be ashamed to ask Kenyans to vote for Jubilee and we are now ready to partner with people like Joho,” he said.

The leader of the Jubilee party clarified that the political vehicle will work with like-minded parties that will advance the record of the ruling party over the past ten years.

“You who want to do politics from dawn till dusk and I had warned them to work first before doing politics across the country but they silenced me,” Kenyatta said in reference to the camp of the Vice President William Ruto.

The Head of State signals that the time has come for him to engage in politics with a view to officially letting the spade out of the bag on his successor as the nation’s 5th President.

“The season for politics has come and we are not going to sit down anymore. We are now ready for politics. There is time for work and there is time for politics,” Kenyatta noted.

Kenyatta reiterated that the 2022 race is “a marathon not a sprint”. Even though ODM leader Raila Odinga has been branded as a state project, Kenyatta denied sentiments saying he would campaign for whoever he chooses.

“I don’t have a plan in the race for the 2022 Statehouse but I will vote on whoever I believe in. If there are one or two Kenyans who believe that, so be it,” he said.

It was even then that he defended the March 2018 handshake between him and Odinga which he says enabled him to deliver the Jubilee record.

“I just watch them talking and bashing the handshake but I won’t respond to them as I am busy delivering to the electorate,” Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta blasted the sentiments of leaders allied to Vice President William Ruto who say the ruling Jubilee Party is dead following the mass exodus of members to the United Democratic Alliance.

He mocked Ruto’s allies saying that the Jubilee Party has not been vibrant in the political arena as they have been busy delivering the promised manifesto to Kenyans.

“They are here saying no work is being done by the Jubilee government and Jubilee is dead. I have asked Kenyans to vote for me so that I can provide unity and bring development. Let I tell you that no work can be done if you are busy making noise at rallies,” Kenyatta said on Monday.

The head of state recalled when he warned his deputy to stop playing politics by calling his countrywide tours “tangatanga”.

He said the verdict on who wins the first seat will be up to the electorate.

The leader of the Jubilee Party has insisted that Jubilee will roar again not on the basis of politics but on a strong record.

“Even they (the Ruto Brigade) remind me that I have only one vote, which is true. But our party in Jubilee has been working all this time and I will not hesitate to tell Kenyans to vote for the Jubilee leaders since we have a track record to defend,” Kenyatta noted.

Since the fallout between Kenyatta and Ruto, there has been a massive shift from the Jubilee Party to Ruto’s UDA, leaving the ruling outfit with only a handful of elected leaders.

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