BY CORRESPONDENT,KISUMU,13TH JAN 2019-President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and Opposition chief Raila Odinga have all urged leaders to shun divisive politics and embrace unity to ensure a peaceful country.
President Kenyatta, in a speech read on his behalf by Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo in Kisumu, said the move would create a conducive environment for more development to be realised in the country.
The President said a united Kenya would further consolidate the gains
made by the Jubilee government since it assumed power in 2013.
“We do not want the politics of tribalism and division. We are all focused on building bridges of unity and friendship,” he said on Saturday during the installation of Phillip Anyolo as the Archbishop of the Kisumu Archdiocese and repeated the same remarks when he attended a wedding for the daughter of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, where he shared a podium with his Deputy Ruto for the first time this year, amid rising political temperatures sparked by two key Jubilee Party members David Murathe who has since resigned as the party’s Vice Chairman and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
At the Kisumu event, President Kenyatta said Kenyans must embrace one another for common purpose.
“We need to respect our differences so as to strengthen our unity. We
welcome the church in helping the government champion for the
realisation of the Big Four agenda,” he added.
The president noted that Kenya had entered into a new phase in the
fight against corruption and impunity, and religious organisations “must
play a role in this with a little more vigour”.
On his part, Ruto said more needs to be done to uplift the
livelihoods of Kenyans, and asked leaders to embrace the politics that
is oriented to empowering Kenyans, said gone are the times for excuses
“We must deliver on the Big Four agenda, and create opportunities for
all. Women need to be empowered and youths need jobs,” he said.
Odinga said that despite failing to make it to Canaan, his Handshake with the President provided an opportunity for the country to further devolution and fight tribalism and corruption.
Odinga and Ruto are on political cross-roads, with their allies
claiming the Opposition chief is out to rock the ruling party following
his March 2018 handshake with President Kenyatta who has since embraced
him after a bitter fall-out that followed last year’s presidential
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula who also attended the event said there is need for Kenyans to look back and see what they were fighting for in the past “as part of our learning curve in politics”.
“Now we have some political hygiene, let us be unified. We need to
work together as a country and the church must be prominent in pushing
for this,” he said, adding that Kenyans need to sit together, assess the
current constitution and see what needs to be worked on.
On his part Cardinal John Njue said Kenyans need to think and work together to prepare a better heritage for those who come after them.
The new Kisumu Archdiocese Archbishop Philip Anyolo was given a new Mitsubishi car by DP Ruto.