THIKA, Kenya Apr 4 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that Kenya will no longer continue hosting refugees at the expense of peace and suffering of its innocent citizens.
President Kenyatta says the country hosts more than 1 million refugees in the spirit of good neighbourliness but this has brought pain and suffering through terror attacks which have killed and maimed many innocent Kenyans.
He castigated the terrorists’ claims that Kenyan soldiers must withdraw from Somalia for terror to end, saying: “Kenyans weren’t in Somalia when terrorists bombed the American Embassy in 1998; Kenyans were not in Somalia when they attacked Mombasa and shot at an aircraft in 2002,” observed President Kenyatta.
Speaking at the Catholic Vincentian Retreat Centre in Thika where he inaugurated a new auditorium, President Kenyatta said Kenyan’s will not be divided by terrorists who want their criminal activities to be seen as a religious war.
“Terrorists are out to divide Kenyans along religious lines, we have lived in peace and unity we will not allow criminal elements to destroy this peace,” he assured.
He pointed out that terrorists must know Kenyans of all faith fought to make Kenya free during the struggle for independence and are ready to defend that freedom today.
The President described the terrorists simply as “criminals” and asked for the support of Kenyans as the Government deals swiftly with the criminals.
“As you all know, we are faced with a resurgent extremist movement. It has set out to divide us against ourselves.”
“By killing and maiming, it hopes to turn us against our brothers and sisters, and to destroy the nation we have laboured so long to build. They have learned too well the old Biblical lesson that a house divided against itself cannot stand,” said the President.
The Head of State said Kenyans have refused to fall for criminal lies and scheming, clarifying that the war the country is fighting is not a war of religions or a clash of cultures, but a war against a small and vicious set of deluded criminals.
The President commended the Catholic Church for its ability to attract the youth of the nation to these gifts saying that a majority of those who visit the retreats are Kenyan youth.
“Your silent virtues the ability to look inward, the ability to ask and grant forgiveness, and the willingness to search for unity – these are the gifts that I am here to celebrate with you”, said Kenyatta.