Reject liars and choose honest leaders, Uhuru tells Mombasa

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to the public after touring the Nzoia Sugar Company. [Benjamin Sakwa, Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, August 4, 2022, implored Kenyans not to vote for his deputy William Ruto, saying his web of lies posed a threat to the country’s economic and democratic growth.

Uhuru said Ruto’s claim that no project had been initiated during the Jubilee Government’s second term was a lie to dupe gullible voters.

“If he can lie about small issues, that there are no projects for people to see, what will he do when he comes to power? We must reject pathological liars and choose people who are honest,” he said.

He declared it was time for Azimio la Umoja One, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his candidate Martha Karua to lead the country. He described the couple as principled leaders with integrity.

The President spoke after the commissioning and launch of several development projects in Mombasa, which he said were initiated during his second term.

Uhuru launched the 457 meter long Makupa Bridge which was built at a cost of Sh4.5 billion. The bridge connects the island of Mombasa with the Kenyan hinterland.

He said the bridge will ease the movement of goods and people between the island and the mainland, further strengthening Mombasa’s position as a preferred shipping hub.

“The bridge restores Mombasa to its true island status,” said President Kenyatta. Mombasa lost its island status in 1929 after the British colonial administration built the Makupa Causeway.

The dam separated the waters surrounding Mombasa Island into Tudor Creek on the east and Port Reitz Creek on the west. This hampered the free movement of water and marine life.

“The water is now free to move and Mombasa’s status as an international island has now been restored. This is a project that started in 2020, but still someone will tell you that nothing happened in my second term,” Uhuru said.

The President has opened the Sh40 billion Kilindini Oil Terminal at the Port of Mombasa, which aims to increase efficiency in handling oil imports.

He also initiated the redevelopment of the Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) which will facilitate passenger traffic to the SGR terminal of the standard gauge railway in Miritini. “We were able to complete most of these projects because of the peace,” he said.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said it will cost Sh4.5 billion to refurbish the MGR and to build a section of the SGR to which it will connect.

“The 3 km long MGR will be connected to the SGR, so passengers going to the Miritini terminal will not incur the current high transportation costs out of the city,” Mr. Macharia said.

The President also launched the Liwatoni Fishing Complex, which will allow the country to embrace the Blue Economy.

“His Excellency will later say goodbye to seafarers who have secured jobs with international shipping companies,” CS said.

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