President Uhuru Kenyatta says the mission to unite Kenyans is unstoppable. Detailing the grounds that birthed the Building Bridges Initiative, the Head of State scoffed at leaders who have politicized his decision to bury the hatchet with opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Addressing mourners during the funeral of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s mother, Annah, in Vihiga county, President Kenyatta maintained that their coming together under the now famous “Handshake” was out of realization that without unity the country cannot realize lasting development.
“When we finished the 2017 election, we had two options. One was for me to say I have been validly elected and go on and serve my full term. And I had the capacity to do that. But we saw how divided our country was and if that meant we had to close ranks with our competitors for the sake of peace, then I said so be it. That is why I met my brother Raila and made peace with him.” He narrated.
According to the President, the new-found unity was not in any way meant to exclude others. Instead, he says their intention was to bring Kenyans together insisting that that was the foundation of BBI.
And the president did not stop here. He went responded to remarks that were made by a section of political leaders during the homecoming ceremony for the newly elected Msambweni Member of Parliament that appeared to attack members of the first family. Deputy President William Ruto had graced the occasion.
“As we closed the year, I heard some leaders in Msambweni saying Kenyans are tired of such and such family leading this country…elections are not about the womb that gave birth to you. It about Kenyans. There is no position that is given for free. Kenyans own the votes.” He said.
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