February 14, Valentine’s Day Developers for UhuRuto2013 released UhuRuto2013 Mobile Application running on Google’s Android OS in a move to use technology to garner youthful votes and make their campaigns easy and reach masses.
According to lead developer the Android Apps are just a beginning.
He said, “We at UhuRuto2013 would like to give an opportunity to Kenyans to get access to the latest information about the Jubilee coalition led by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (TNA) and his Deputy William Ruto(URP) on their mobile phones.”
He said that the application will host all campaign speeches made by the Jubilee Coalition,host all TV interviews and debates of all Nominated Candidates in the Jubilee Coalition, host Manifesto and Policy discussions by Jubilee advisory team and technocrats. Host campaign Music and Videos by artists affiliated to Jubilee, host discussions and comments by Jubilee supporters and host press clippings on the Jubilee Coalition.
Kenya has over 30 million mobile phone users, of which most of them run on Android made popular by the Huawei Ideos which sold over 300,000 copies a few months after its launch by Safaricom Limited. Other users can get access to the campaign info via Nokia s40, iPad, iPhones and tablets over the mobile web platform by visiting http://www.uhuruto2013.com and on Twitter @UhuRuto2013.
Developers for UhuRuto2013 are a group of young and creative techies who support and endorse Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta as their Presidential Candidate and would like to see more innovation in the ICT sector as articulated by the Jubilee coalition in their recently launched manifesto.
US president Barrack Obama employed tech heavily in his campaigns from use of social media, mobile apps, augmented reality and even hired mathematicians to run data campaigns. Technology might be UhuRuto’s saving grace.