, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22- President Uhuru Kenyatta is in China to chase on his father’s dream according to Deputy President William Ruto, who led Thursday’s 35th commemoration of the death of the country’s founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Ruto said in order to achieve Mzee Kenyatta’s dream and other liberators of the country, all leaders must work along the line of their thoughts.
Addressing family members and other faithful at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Ruto asked the country to remain united in honour of those who fought for the country’s independence.
He said that all citizens should work in unison to eradicate poverty and ignorance, as this was the dream of the country’s liberators.
“It is not a coincidence that on this day as we commemorate Mzee’s 35th anniversary, his son Uhuru Kenyatta is not here because he is chasing the dream of his father to make this country great,” he said.
“When he (Uhuru) balanced between being here and going on a mission in line with the vision of Mzee Kenyatta of getting Kenya to be a country that we can all be proud of; emancipating this nation from the yolks of want, poverty, disease; Uhuru Kenyatta said even his father would have excused him to go to work for this country.”
Ruto recalled that in 1978 he was a schoolboy herding his father’s animals when Mzee Kenyatta died , adding little did he imagine that 35 years later he would be making his contribution to the development of this country as Deputy President.
“At a personal level this day I remember in 1978, I was 11 years old. When the radio announced that our president had passed on, I was looking at my father’s cows; I quickly herded them together and took them back home because I thought it was the end of the world,” he said.