GATUNDU, Kenya, May 30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked politicians to unite Kenyans instead of inciting them against each other.
The President said leaders should use their freedoms responsibly to foster peace and to improve living standards for Kenyans.
“We want peace in our country. Our objective is to unite Kenyans and help them achieve more in life,” he said.
The President spoke during the funeral service of the late Gatundu South MP Joseph Ngugi at Gitare Primary School in Gatundu, Kiambu County.
He said politicians who are trying to raise political temperatures should remember that Kenya is a democratic country.
“Kenya is a democracy and has never failed to hold elections since independence. Wait for the elections,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto, who accompanied the President, said the agreement he had entered into with President Kenyatta at the beginning was to ensure Kenya never slides back into ethnic conflict.
“I entered into an agreement to unite the country so that Kenyans should never walk the slippery route of disunity and we mean it,” he said.
The Deputy President also called on Jubilee politicians to remain united under the leadership of President Kenyatta.
“All leaders should know this is one country and the road is one. And this applies to those in Government and those in the opposition,” he said.
Ruto said the Government will not allow negative ethnicity to drive the country down the path of destruction.
Parliament’s Majority Leaders who addressed the gathering called on the President to be firm and not to allow politicians to engage in incitement.
“I am very worried at how the country is being polarized. Using excuses like people coming back from abroad isn’t enough to cause tensions,” said Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki.
He said any politician who engages in hate speech and incitement should be arrested.
“We urge you to give instructions to the security chiefs to take firm action against people who are inciting Kenyans against each other,” he said.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the Jubilee Government was confident because it was voted for by the people.
“We have the numbers and we didn’t take power by force. Those who are complaining should wait for the elections,” he said.
The President said peace was paramount for the achievement of meaningful development.
“We have a vision for the country. The social contract between the Government and Kenyans will be realized when there is peace,” the President said.
The President said constituencies are the engines of growth in the country and assured that the national and county governments will continue working together to unlock the potential in all areas.
“We will support tapping of the development potential in all the 290 constituencies in the country. Members of Parliament should therefore work with other leaders to transform the constituencies,” the President said.
In his tribute, President Kenyatta eulogized the late MP as a humble and development conscious leader who always strived to deliver quality service to the constituency and other parts of the country.
He assured Gatundu South constituents that the government will support completion of all projects initiated by their late MP.
The service was attended by more than 70 Members of Parliament among thousands of mourners.
The late Ngugi, survived by a widow Joyce and two children, was laid to rest at his Nembu Mutate village farm.