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Here is Uhuru’s message to his fans via Facebook

On the eve of the presidential debate, which his team has indicated he will skip, President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday morning virtually interacted with his Facebook fans.

The engagement was also broadcast live by the national broadcaster KBC and K24 TV.

Sporting a checked T-Shirt, the head of state responded to questions that were sent in advance, and actually the ones he and his team chose.

The questions covered the economy, corruption, the upcoming elections, and infrastructure development.

Mr Kenyatta asked his over 3 million fans on Facebook and supporters to pray for peaceful polls as he made a passionate appeal for a second term.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

“We must love one another,” he said live from State House Nairobi.

“And this message coming this Sunday morning as some of us are in churches, I ask you to make this prayer: That we can live by His word. That we can love one another.”

Given that 51 per cent of Kenya’s 19.6 million voter are aged between 18 and 35, President Kenyatta structured his answers — and really the questions he chose — to suit the youth and why his government was the best for them.

He sought to connect the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), roads, electricity to what he said will be massive creation of jobs.

“We have a plan to build a light rail network in Nairobi, extend the SGR to Naivasha to Narok, then through to Kisumu,” he said of what a Facebook user had said was being behind Tanzania’s public transport plan.

CORRUPTION

“And we are not behind, we are on schedule”.

President Kenyatta defended his fight against corruption, saying “my government’s commitment against corruption cannot be questioned.”

“My government is the first one to set up a multiagency plan to deal with corruption,” he said.

“My government is also the first that has made it clear that anyone accused of corruption by appropriate agencies is asked to step aside. As a result, I have lost close friends, ministers.”

The opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) and Mr Kenyatta’s arch-rival Raila Odinga have made graft in Jubilee government a major campaign issue.

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