President Uhuru Kenyatta thinks the National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, flopped in the Presidential Debate, which took place Monday evening (July 24) at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi.
President Kenyatta, who had been pitted against Raila Odinga in the second part of the debate, failed to show up; and now claims: “there was no concrete reason to debate someone who lacks an agenda for Kenyans”, alluding to Raila Odinga.
Speaking at Othaya town in Nyeri County on Tuesday, July 25, Uhuru said he deliberately snubbed the debate because his administration’s track record speaks for itself and there was no need to justify – in a televised debate –, whatsoever.
“Yesterday (Monday, July 25), I heard Raila say that there was grand corruption in Government when he was the Prime Minister; and that there was nothing he could do to curb the runaway graft because he was ‘only a coordinator of government functions’ (laughs). Which kind of a person is that? After watching and hearing him say what he said, I looked at the heavens and thanked God that I did not need to go and debate such a person,” said Uhuru.
“I have been in Government for slightly over four years now; and our track record speaks for itself. There was no way I was going to debate someone who does not know where we are coming from and where we are headed. I didn’t have time for exchanges with such a person,” insisted the Head of State.
President Kenyatta also took a swipe at the debate organisers, insinuating that the event was organised by media houses to “pin him down”.
The Head of State further alleged that the media has never supported him in his bid for the country’s top job.
“Wenzetu wa magazeti (the press) think they can intimidate people. In 2013, they did not support my bid for Presidency. Today, just like in 2013, they have refused to throw their support behind me as I seek re-election. That is up to them. I know 45 million Kenyans would propel me to victory. I will continue to work for, and with, the Kenyan citizenry. We will continue with our development agenda; we will construct more roads as we have done in the past four years; we will connect households to the power grid; we will continue to launch water projects as we’ve done in Othaya town,” said President Kenyatta.
“If our competitor (Raila) was good at his work; if he did not engage Kibaki in back and forth conversations, the projects we are launching today would have been commissioned a long time ago. Had he done that, he could have had the bragging rights,” added President Kenyatta.
In his message to Nyeri residents, President Kenyatta urged his supporters to turn out in large numbers on August 8 to vote for him and other Jubilee candidates.