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President Kenyatta unveils key planks of 2017 campaign

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NAKURU,  President Uhuru Kenyatta today unveiled key planks of his re-election bid, saying free secondary education and health cover for mothers after maternity were the next steps in his transformation agenda.

In a campaign swing through Nakuru County, President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto spoke strongly about the promises they have kept – from free maternity, electricity connections to schools and homes to boost business and earning for children, to the delivery of the “Madaraka Express” SGR to improve commerce.

While protecting the gains made in the last four years, the President said he was also looking to firmly build on that foundation.
“President (Mwai) Kibaki gave you free primary education. We give you free secondary education from January 2018,” the President said on a campaign stop in Molo.

“For mothers, after free maternity, we will now provide free National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) insurance for a year for free so the mother and child can remain in robust health,” President Kenyatta added.

He also said cash transfers for old people, under the “Inua Jamii” programme, had given dignity back to pensioners. From next year, everyone over the age of 70 would be enrolled under the programme “to protect their dignity and so they can be in control of their lives”.

The President also said his administration would refurbish the old railway (metre rail), to complement the Standard Gauge Railway, which will be extended to Naivasha and Kisumu.
Nakuru County is politically significant to the Jubilee Party as it was there that the President and Deputy President launched their bid for the 2013 election. On Friday, the two returned to Nakuru at the start of their re-election campaign.

President Kenyatta spoke strongly for the county’s leaders to remain united and carry out a peaceful campaign to give him and the Deputy President a Jubilee team to take the nation’s agenda to the next level. He said under his watch, Kenya would never return to violence as a way to win an election.

His message was boosted by an announcement by Nakuru Governor Kinuthiua Mbugua, who lost in Jubilee Party primaries, that he would not defend his seat as an independent, and would instead back the Jubilee candidate Lee Kinyanjui.
At every stop, the President and DP outlined projects delivered at a local level, including electricity to homes along the stretch that took the campaign swing to Salgaa, Rongai, Tendwei, Olenguruoni, Keringet, Kuresoi, Molo, Elburgon, Njoro and Nakuru town.

At Tendwei in Kuresoi South constituency, where the incumbent MP will run on an opposition ticket, residents assured the President of their support, saying that their MP and neighbouring Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto had moved alone to the opposition “Hawana watu” (They have no people) said one placard displayed at the meeting.

DP Ruto said August 8 was about sticking with a team that was delivering on its pledges to invest in the Kenyan people to improve their lives, against empty rhetoric from people who had little to show for years they had been in government. “We are asking you brothers and sisters to kindly come out in large numbers on 8th of August and support us for the second term to continue with the good work which we have began,” said the DP. “You don’t want the gains we have made to be lost through riddles (Kitendawili). Keep the faith,” the DP said.

Nakuru County is the 11th county to be visited by the President and DP in the last six days, after 7-county stops during the commissioning of the SGR, Nyeri for Madaraka Day on Thursday, and Nyandarua, Laikipia and Nakuru on Saturday.
The President also said the Jubilee government will expand the free maternity programme and provide one year insurance cover for the mother and the new born child through the National Hospital Insurance Fund.

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