, MIGORI, Kenya, Sept 8 – Migori Governor Okoth Obado was on Monday shouted down by area residents at a function attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He was heckled and shoes thrown towards the presidential dais forcing the President to intervene.
“We have come here because we know that there is only one Kenya. We must unite and work together,” The President said amidst chants of ODM, ODM, the party which belongs to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who lost to Kenyatta in elections last March.
Suna West Member of the National Assembly Joseph Ndiege had earlier addressed the crowd in vernacular as he unsuccessfully tried to calm them down when they declined to be addressed by Obado.
Obado who is perceived to enjoy support from the ruling Jubilee Coalition has recently expressed opposition to the push for a referendum led by the CORD leader.
President Kenyatta said he would make sure that he tours all parts of the country despite the political affiliation, race or tribe in the areas as stipulated in the Constitution.
“Elections should not be the source of enmity but rather like sports where players come together to shake hands congratulating the winner. As President, I will serve Kenyans equally. Those who voted for or against me are Kenyans with the rights to make choices,” he said.
President Kenyatta called on leaders to learn to tolerate and respect one another, saying democracy enabled voters to make decisions during elections and thereafter forget political differences and come together to unite the people.
President Kenyatta disclosed that: “(CORD Leader) Raila and I normally take tea together, I don’t see the reason why you should have animosity. Kenya is one. Why should you fight when you have been living together and sharing even the basics of life?”
During his tour, President Kenyatta launched the mass distribution of durable insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
He also announced that the Government had released Sh1.1 billion to clear all arrears owed to cane farmers in Nyanza region.
President Kenyatta announced the funds release at the Sony Sugar Company Grounds in Awendo when he presented the company with a Sh447 million cheque to clear arrears until June this year, all owed to cane farmers in Migori.
Muhoroni and Chemelil sugar cane farmers will also benefit from the Sh1.1 billion.