NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 19 – Internal Security minister George Saitoti on Saturday took his presidential campaign to Elgeyo Marakwet where he declared that he had forgiven retired President Daniel arap Moi for the tribulations he suffered under his rule.
Addressing a public rally at the Iten sports grounds in Elgeyo Marakwet, the Internal Security Minister said he had pardoned Moi for ridiculing him intermittently in public forums and during the March 2002 Kanu Delegates Conference in Kasarani.
“Which man or woman can stand and say that he has never wronged anyone? we have all done wrong and that’s why we have to repent always,” said Saitoti who was enticed to join politics from the University of Nairobi by the network of President Moi in 1983 – as a nominated MP
He claimed that he was poised to defeat President Moi’s preferred successor Uhuru Kenyatta for KANU’s presidential ticket in 2002 before unnamed people clandestinely removed his name from the delegates list.
Saitoti, the PNU Chairman, told the crowd that he had the necessary experience required to lead the country after President Kibaki’s retirement.
”Since when I was appointed the Vice President of Kenya by retired President Moi, I ate and drank with you, and now that I am aiming for the top seat, I don’t expect you to give me your back,” said the Kajiado North MP.
The Minister who was accompanied by Keiyo North MP Lucas Chepkitony urged the community to forget what happened during the post election violence and focus on peacemaking initiatives.
He urged Kenyans to thoroughly vet those aspiring to take up leadership positions in the devolved government.
“Kenyan must this time elect leaders with capacity to economically transform the county and fast track development projects initiated by the Kibaki administration,” Saitoti said.
The Internal Security Minister urged Kenyans to ensure a peaceful general elections.
“Due to what happened in 2008 the whole world will be watching Kenya on how we will conduct this elections, so we should promote cohesiveness and harmony on our campaign trails,” he said.