Stop negative and divisive politics, President Uhuru tells opposition


President Uhuru Kenyatta started his one-day visit in Kiambu County by telling the opposition to stop negative, tribal and divisive politics.

That kind of politics, the President said is worthless and is not in the interest of the people or the country.

‘’ In 2007 that kind of politics led to chaos, bloodshed and massive destruction of property,’’ he said.

Jubilee, the President said, campaigned on the platform of peace and national unity, a programme it has followed since it came to office three years ago.

The President and Deputy President William Ruto thanked Kenyans for their prayers which, they said, had led to the collapse of the ICC cases against them. They said they have forgiven all those who fixed the cases.

“You all know the challenges we had. Now we have overcome them and our only agenda is peace, reconciliation and development,’’ the President said.

Speaking at Gatundu, Kiganjo, Mundoro and Ruiru, the President said “with the collapse of ICC cases his leadership will be more focused in uniting Kenyans and ensuring peace so as to build a strong cohesive nation.

It is for this reason, the President said Jubilee will hold a thanks giving rally in Nakuru’s Afraha stadium on Saturday.

He asked the people of Kiambu to turn out in large numbers.

“Nakuru is a cosmopolitan county where all Kenyans irrespective of their ethnic, religious or political persuasion live. It is an ideal place for us to gather and pray,” said President Kenyatta.

He challenged on the opposition to rise above retrogressive political activities that do not translate into alternative policies to compete with the government.

“Am not against having opposition but can’t one not appreciate even some progress being made even if you have a different view point?” the president asked.

The President pointed out that when he and his Deputy were campaigning for leadership, their aim was to unite Kenyans.

“We asked for votes with the sole aim of uniting Kenyans. We had just come from politics of violence and bloodshed and we had pledged never again will we follow that route,” said President Kenyatta.

Deputy President William Ruto echoed the President by thanking Kenyans for their prayers which led to the collapse of the ICC cases.

The Deputy President pointed out that it is imperative that Kenyans join hands and pray for peace and unity and forge ahead together as a nation with a common vision to develop their motherland.

He also assured his accusers that he had forgiven them whole heartedly.

“The other day you saw our opponents coming to parliament and instead of helping in issues of development, they came with whistles. They then went to Kakamega with hoe sticks,” said the Deputy President.

“Are these really serious people to compete with us?” Deputy President asked.

During the tour, President Kenyatta officially inaugurated the Gatundu district hospital into a level-4 hospital which was upgraded from a district hospital.

The President said with the expansion and equipping of the hospital with modern facilities, the residents of Gatundu will no longer travel to Nairobi for medical services.

He said the project has been funded through a collaboration between the Chinese and the Kenyan government and urged the county government to ensure proper management of the same.

He also officially opened the Kenya Medical Training College, Gatundu Campus which shall increase the manpower needed to operate these bigger modern hospitals all over the country.

The President also officiated the inauguration of a Kshs 2 billion Theta water dam which will serve the residents of North and South Gatundu.

The dam currently has a 400,000 cubic litres capacity and is capable of serving more towns once expanded.

The Deputy President advised the Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation, Eugene Wamalwa to ensure that the dam potential is maximized.

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and all elected leaders accompanied the President and his Deputy during the tour.





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