Uhuru Reveals Kenya's 2022 Election Plan in Meeting With US President

  • US President Joe Biden (left) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta
    US President Joe Biden (left) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta held a global meeting with US President, Joe Biden, revealing his preparation for elections and how he has created a voting culture in the country.

    Through a video recording on Friday evening, December 10, during a virtual summit organised by US President, Uhuru informed over 100 delegates that he had engrained an election culture that has seen regular elections held in a competitive manner by allowing the formation of different political parties.

    He also highlighted the principle of free and fair election during the summit revealing his plans to uphold the same towards the end of his administration. He insisted on the need to respect the constitution even as the country nears the August 2022 General Election.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta Speaking During A Summit Organised by US President Joe Biden on Friday December 10, 2021
    President Uhuru Kenyatta Speaking During A Summit Organised by US President Joe Biden on Friday, December 10, 2021
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    "The principle of a free and fair election in every five years is legally enshrined in Kenya's Constitution and provided for in the Election Act. Towards this end, my administration is on course to hold the third General Election under the 2010 Constitution," Uhuru stated.

    This clears the air on his administration's determination to hold a free and fair election despite numerous claims that some of his close allies and even Cabinet Secretaries were leaning towards one side supporting former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. His Deputy, William Ruto, and his camp have been at the forefront calling out government officials over their involvement in elective politics.

    During the same summit, Uhuru confidently told Biden how his administration had made milestones in eliminating graft in the country.

    He credited the success in the war against graft to the approach adopted by the multi-agency and his government where intelligence, investigation, prosecution, and restitution agencies work together.

    “The posture, the will and actions taken by Government speak to this acclaim – evidenced at the onset by the open governance space that allows for unrestrained whistleblowing and reporting,” he said adding that Kenya had embraced innovative prevention, investigation and asset recovery strategies that had began showing positive results.

    The Head of State further informed other world leaders how he the country has deepened it democracy since independence even empowering other government agencies during the process.

    “I wish to confirm that we have achieved significant democratic milestones, which include amongst other things; the adoption of an inclusive and progressive Constitution of Kenya (2010) that incorporates an expansive bill of rights; and more decentralized governance structure of 47 county governments with increased county capacity in localized planning, public expenditure management and so on."

    On some of the successes of his administration, Uhuru outlined how he has managed to promote diversity and inclusion especially for previously marginalized groups such as women, youth and persons with disability.

    He also stated that he has supported Judiciary making it independent in its execution of its duties and even enhanced robust bicameral parliament.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) meets with U.S President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 14, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) meets with U.S President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 14, 2021.
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