August 9

Uhuru to Kenyans: Don’t elect land cartels, thieves

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 15:26 | By
President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past function. PHOTO/State House/Twitter
President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past function. PHOTO/State House/Twitter

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to elect progressive leaders in the August 9 general election.

Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), where he launched the National Title Deeds Issuance Program, the Head of State said Kenyans should shun leaders involved in theft including fraudulent land dealings.

"Land cartels are regrouping again; I do urge, msichague watu watatuweka gear ya reverse…wasiturudishe kwa enzi ya wizi (Don't elect leaders who will take us back to the graft era)," Uhuru said on Wednesday.

At least one million Kenyans are expected to benefit from the title deed distribution program launched today.

"I am directing the Ministry of Lands and Ministry of Interior to draw a road map and assign to every Cabinet Secretary responsibility to travel to every part of the country together with county commissioners to issue the balance of the ready title deeds," he directed.

“The programme should be executed expeditiously such that before sunset on the Eighth of July, 2022 the balance of the one 1 million title deeds will have been conveyed to their holders."

This is not the first time the President is warning Kenyans against electing corrupt leaders.

In October last year, Uhuru urged the electorate to elect graft-free leaders to safeguard his legacy and that of his predecessor Mwai Kibaki.

Uhuru chides Ruto

While chiding his deputy William Ruto, who is seeking to succeed him, Uhuru reiterated that the fate of his legacy and that of late president Kibaki will be determined by the kind of leaders Kenyans will elect in the upcoming general elections.

The President made the remarks on his way from the Cadets Pass-out Parade at the Kenya Prisons Staff Training College when he made a brief stopover in Ruiru Town to acknowledge greetings from residents who turned out in large numbers to receive him.

The President has openly endorsed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as his successor.

Raila is vying for the presidency under the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition that brings together more than 20 parties including Uhuru's Jubilee party.

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