Kibaki Makes Use of Websites to 'Woo' Voters in Kenya

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Kenya's president and presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki has released his campaign website to improve his chances of re-election.

Kibaki is fighting for re-election and his website includes comprehensive reports and pictures on Kibaki's life and times as well as records of his achievements since assuming presidential office in 2003.

"This website is a useful tool for those who are keen to contribute good ideas and finances that will make the campaign even more effective and popular with the voters," he said.

Analysts and some opponents say the website is a far cry from its usefulness because many Kenyans are still grappling with the inconveniences of the digital divide.

Furthermore, though the site is free, the majority of Kenyans, particularly those in the rural areas have neither the knowledge nor access to the internet.

Party officials are however upbeat about the website that it will not only focus on the presidential candidate but will also highlight the political achievements of women. Women candidates vying for parliamentary and civic seats under the President's party have been asked to make use of the website as their political platform.

Kibaki said, "Let us use these communication tools to ensure that the campaigns are peaceful with no physical and verbal violence."

A key rival of Kibaki in the presidential elections is Mr. Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and his website was launched in the middle of this year.

Highway Africa News Agency