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VIDEO: Uhuru tells CNN he is not interested in becoming a PM in 2022

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On Monday, international media house CNN aired an interview of President Uhuru Kenyatta with senior business anchor Richard Quest who visited the country a week ago.

The interview focused on the developing issues that the country was facing.

Here are the five things that Uhuru told Quest during the interview courtesy of CNN.

Economic Policies Set

The president stated that his government had taken the first five years to concentrate on the country’s infrastructure through improvement of the roads and railways system, better water connection and effective supply of electricity.

Uhuru explained that he has now shifted focus to the more softer aspects which include improvement of health, creation of jobs and better housing facilities which form the basis of the improvements he is to make during the remaining four years.

Problems that come with Elections

The Head of State noted that the country was moving away from having elections disorient the nation every time they are held as witnessed in previous years.

” That is why we have been really focusing ourselves on working together with even the opposition leaders and say Kenya comes first.

“We cannot be always going through this sickly cycle where we are talking and fighting about elections.

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“We need to move forward,” stated Uhuru.

He pointed out that the handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga was aimed at steering the country forward.

Financial Debt facing the Country

President Uhuru highlighted that the reason for the acquisition of the loan from China was aimed to close the infrastructure gap.

” Someone coming to Nairobi in the next 10 years, let us not talk about the rest of the country but just Nairobi, will be able to note the improvements done,” stated the President.

Uhuru disregarded claims that Kenya is only borrowing from China and stated that the country was getting financial support from other nations such as Japan and France.

“We have borrowed from China, US, the General Electric, who are the backbone of what we are doing in the health sector.

“When it comes to energy, we are working closely with AFT(Agriculture Fast Track) by African Development Bank and the World Bank,” remarked Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the interview with Richard Quest

China’s Hidden Agenda

Uhuru dismissed the allegations that China had a hidden agenda towards the financial support they accorded African countries.

The president affirmed that Kenya had a development agenda that he was fully committed to achieve before the completion of his term in office.

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“From our Kenyan perspective, We have a development, social, economic agenda and we are willing to partner with any country,” stated the Head of State.

Running for a third Term

President Uhuru revealed that he would not change the constitution in order to run for a third term in 2022.

” I am not interested in a third term. People are talking about constitutional change not necessarily because they desire the president to seek a third term but due to the issues that are related to the cost of running the new constitution,” explained Uhuru.

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PHOTOS: Uhuru all smiles in Namibia as drought crisis persists in Kenya

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President Uhuru Kenyatta led a high-powered delegation to attend Namibia’s independence day celebrations, despite the raging drought crisis in the country.

Pictures shared on the State House social media accounts show the head of state and those on his entourage all smiles during the celebrations that were held at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to Namibia’s independence day celebrations. PHOTO | COURTESY

“President @UKenyatta arrives at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to join the people of Namibia for celebrations to mark 29 years of their country’s independence,” read the caption.

Some of those in his delegation included his daughter Ngina, personal assistant Jomo Gecaga, ministers Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), James Macharia (Transport) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), among others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is welcomed at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to Namibia’s independence day celebrations. PHOTO | COURTESY

At least 10 people have been reported dead as a result of the drought that has hit a number of counties.

The worst-hit are Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot.

Senior government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa have, however, claimed that no Kenyan has died from starvation. They say the situation is under control.

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SOURCE: Nairobi News

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Zambia High Commissioner dies while receiving treatment in Nairobi

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Zambia High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency Brenda Muntemba-Sichilembe has died.

The 49-year old High Commissioner has been receiving treatment since she was involved in a fatal road accident at Machakos on February 26.

Foreign PS Macharia Kamau has confirmed the death.

Ms Muntemba-Sichilembe was initially admitted at the Machakos Level 5 Hospital, and then flown to Nairobi and operated on to stem internal bleeding where she was admitted in Intensive care unit (ICU).

Prior to her appointment to this role, she served as Chief Program Officer at UNESCO in Zambia.

More to follow…

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Museveni accepts proposal to run for 6th term in 2021, says he’s ‘still very able’

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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, aged 74, has affirmed he still has the strength to extend his rule to hit the four-decade mark.

He spoke after the National Resistance Movement (NRM) lawmakers endorsed him to continue leading the party and the state in a controversial move.

The parliamentary caucus in Kyankwanzi District unanimously endorsed the Chobe resolution by the party’s central executive committee (CEC) to have President Museveni continue leading the neighbouring East African nation.

“I’m therefore very pleased with your confidence in me and since I am still very able and I happen to be among the most conversant with this journey, I happily agree to serve,” said the President, fetching a thunderous applause from the legislators who nominated him unanimously on Sunday.

NRM Spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa, in a statement on Sunday, said the legislators’ position was taken shortly after secretary-general Justine Ksaule Lumumba’s presentation titled: Towards 2021: Milestones and Strategies for the NRM Party. 

This development implies that Museveni, already in power for 33 years, will be seeking a record sixth term in power during the 2021 general election.

He will battle it out in the 2021 poll with 37 year old MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 62 year old Kizza Besigye, who has unsuccessfully tried to dislodge Museveni in Uganda’s 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 elections.

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Museveni has been in power since January 26, 1986.

source: Nairobi News

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