, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have signed post-election agreements with leaders from different parties including United Democratic Forum (UDF) leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) counterpart Kiraitu Murungi.
Speaking during the event at his residence along Dennis Pritt Road, Kenyatta pointed out that tough competition in the general election should not be perceived to mean enmity between the rivals.
He observed that leaders of different parties should unite in a bid to push the national agenda and noted that the country can only achieve development through dialogue and cooperation.
“By agreeing to work together with us despite the fact that he was in the Presidential race himself sends a very strong message that if we leaders can actually sit and talk together, why do people need to fight at the grass root level,” Kenyatta said.
“This is an indication that we can actually compete and then come together and address the issues and concerns of the people in this country,” he added.
He called on CORD leaders to join them in moving the country forward once they were through with the court process.
“I look forward to working with you, I look forward to this partnership and even with our colleagues who are in court, as the judicial process ends, come and let us work together. That is our stand and we are ready to serve Kenyans,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by the Deputy President-elect William Ruto.
“And we have opened our arms to you as our brothers so that we can join together so that it becomes a lot easier for us to get this agenda done in the interest of Kenyans,” he stated. “We will continue to ask our colleagues who have exercised their democratic right to go to court that when the process is over, they are welcome so that we can join hands again.”
He indicated that the coalition had a national agenda which can only be put in effect by the cooperation of every individual.
“We have a majority in Parliament, we have a majority in Senate, we have the most votes but that is not the point. The point is that as a Jubilee coalition, we have a national agenda that goes beyond parties that goes beyond region, creed, religion or colour and to be able to implement a national agenda to turn around this country, we need the contribution with as many people and political parties as we have got,” he said.
“This afternoon, you have come here so that you can add impetus to us delivering the national agenda that we have for this country with you as partners,” he stated.
Mudavadi underscored the importance of such unity saying that it would be for the benefit of the whole country.
“This cooperation that is here is so significant because it is a cooperation of purpose. We are not coming here to thump our chest. Our main aim is to say that we have an agenda which must be dealt with through Parliament. We are saying that the Executive needs to deliver and this is not going to be easy. We are saying that we want to work with you as we try to overcome these challenges,” he said.
He urged all elected leaders to ensure that they deliver all their promises to Kenyans.
“All the good things and the bad things of the 10th Parliament are now over. What you saw as a weakness of the 10th Parliament, now you have an opportunity to correct as members of the 11th Parliament. This is because the judgement that has been reflected in your election and in the sending home of others is a judgement that you must prepare yourself for after five years,” he stated.