Don’t judge me on what Kenyatta did – Uhuru

May 25, 2012 2:25 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta wants to be judged on his own leadership record and not be compared with his father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

The presidential hopeful says his father’s successes or failures do not reflect on his own abilities as he had now grown into his own man decades after Mzee Kenyatta died.

“Mzee died when I was a teenager and I have learnt and managed to survive without him. Why can’t I be challenged on what I have done or failed to do and let Mzee rest in peace? If you have an issue take it up with me and let the past be the past,” he emphasised.

Kenyatta who spoke in Nakuru at a head teachers meeting has also cautioned those labelling other aspirants as ‘projects’ to respect their right to contest.

He says the battle for the country’s leadership should entirely be based on real issues.

“People must focus on what they can do for this nation. Nobody should be limited or denied to vie for whatever position they want. It does not make them a project, they have just have offered themselves to serve Kenyans and it’s up to voters to decide,” he insisted.

The former Finance Minister reiterated that he was going to work with like-minded political parties in the G7 alliance.

Last week, Kenyatta who quit KANU launched The National Alliance (TNA) party which he will use to vie for presidency in the forthcoming general elections.

Under the slogan ‘I believe’, the DPM promised that TNA would incorporate the youth in its leadership saying it was time for them to lead the country.

Kenyatta however faces a cumbersome balancing act between his quest and a trial in a case at The Hague as he seeks to be Kenya’s fourth President.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday rejected appeals challenging the court’s jurisdiction to try him and three other Kenyans for crimes against humanity, clearing the way for the trials to go ahead.

Kenyatta will stand trial alongside former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang.


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