President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Nakuru residents to vote for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition flagbearer Raila Odinga in the August 9th General Election.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Nakuru Railway Station, the president said that his handshake with the Azimio presidential candidate was meant to unite Kenyans and achieve peace as had been the case when he embraced William Ruto.
In a thinly-veiled attack at the Kenya Kwanza brigade led by Deputy President William Ruto, President Kenyatta said they (Kenya Kwanza) camp needs time to mature politically by toning down on insults before seeking Kenya’s top job.
“Hawa wengine ni wetu lakini inakaa they need time ya kutulia, kuwacha matusi, kuwacha spidi mingi na kujua ya kwamba kazi na ukweli inashinda matusi na chuki,” President Kenyatta said.
“Let them stay like that for now, there is still time, and there is no problem.”
He defended his pact with Odinga, saying he had opted to mend fences with the opposition chief in for the sake of peace in the country, the same way he joined hands with DP Ruto in 2013 to unite the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities.
“Kutafuta Amani ni kitu kibaya? Msimamo wangu umekuwa kudumisha Amani. Wakati nilisema tushikane na wakalenjin na Ruto si kulikuwa na Amani?’ He posed. “Wakati nilienda kutafuta Odinga, nilifanya makosa?”
President Kenyatta also urged support for the Azimio La Umoja affiliated candidates saying they would help the Raila government deliver its mandate.
“Na hawa wazee wetu hata kama mumekubali kuunga huyu mzee (Raila) mkono, sasa jamani kama hana wafanyakazi itakuwa aje?” Uhuru posed.
“Sasa Lee Kinyanjui hapa anataka amalize ile alianzia… Arama amalize… Senator ako hapa, Woman Rep pia na MCAs.”