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President Uhuru says he speaks directly to Kenyans and not via media after skipping debate

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is engaging Kenyans directly, not through the media, a day after skipping the presidential debate.

He spoke in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri county, on Tuesday on the first of 400 stops he intends to make in 30 counties before campaigns for the August 8 polls close.

"I am here to talk to you, not through the media but directly, because I want you to understand the foundation we have laid in the last four years," Uhuru said.

Speaking mostly in the Kikuyu language, he said he has managed to deliver because there are no wrangles between him and Deputy President William Ruto in government.

"You know what that man (ODM leader Raila Odinga) did to [former President Mwai] Kibaki...work could not even be done. We have picked up from Kibaki’s work and will continue to deliver after the elections," Uhuru said.

"I am sure you want to see progress. So are you going to let that man take over and come spoil things again?"

In his one-man show during the debate on Monday night, Raila noted he and his rivals only jokingly hurl insults at each other.

"If I called Uhuru a drunkard then it was in a light touch ... it doesn’t mean he is drunk. They are political jokes," he said.

"In politics you must have jokes. When Uhuru says I am mad man, I don’t think he means I am ’mad’."

Uhuru is the son of Kenya’s first president and the urbane scion of a wealthy family while Raila is the son of the first vice president and a fiery populist.


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