Kenya PM, VP root for unity

March 21, 2010 12:00 am

, MERU, Kenya, Mar 21 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has censored a section of Kenyan leaders for propagating tribal politics at the expense of national cohesion and unity.

He accused the politicians of deliberately causing disharmony and mistrust among local communities through their ethnic stereotypes whenever they took to the podium.

“We must shun theses ethnic rhetoric and fight graft at all cost if the country is to make headways in tackling poverty, ignorance, disease and bad governance which our founding fathers swore to fight at independence,” he said.
The premier told a rally in Meru of how ethnicity and widespread corruption backpedal and eroded the gains the country had made owing to the failure by successive regimes to overcome the four main post independence challenges.

Mr Odinga said that Kenyans could only conquer the challenges when all communities were brought in the fold for a common purpose in the spirit of national unity.

He cautioned leaders who he claimed had developed a habit of engaging in double speak in public forums in the pretext of championing for the welfare of certain communities to stop the trend and focus on issues of national interest.

The Premier who also held consultative sessions with leaders from the larger Central Eastern Province assured the residents that the long awaited constitutional dispensation in the country had reached the final stretch.

“I want to assure you that we are going to reach consensus next week before we subject the final draft constitution for a referendum by all means so that we conclude this journey that took us for more than two decades” he said.

Elsewhere, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka asked Kenyans to avoid blame game in the ongoing constitutional making process and instead support the efforts undertaken by Parliamentarians towards realization of the new document.

“This process is in critical stage and it is my believe that Parliament through dialogue  and consensus building, is able to deliberate on various issues in the document and provide leadership towards the realization of a new constitution,” he said.

The Vice President was speaking during the conferment of honorary Professorship and Doctorate Degrees to eminent personalities by the United Graduate College and Seminary of the United States of America, held at the Charter Hall, Nairobi.

Mr Musyoka asked leaders to   be at the forefront in helping Kenyans realize national aspiration and development.

“Let us walk the talk and help our citizens attain their aspiration. We are in a position to progress and be an example of a great nation in the African continent,” the VP added.


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