NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – Visiting Namibian President Hage Geingob on Saturday lauded national unity efforts spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega County, Geingob said inclusivity was crucial because it led to harmony.
“Since I came to Kenya, and to see what I have seen in the television that two of the brothers came and said he is my brother and they hugged… I did not believe it, now here it is, congratulations my brothers,” he said as turned to Kenyatta and told him, ‘you are leading’, and to Odinga ‘you are a revolutionary’.”
On his part, President Kenyatta said the handshake will help heal the culture of permanent and negative politics that is corroding the unity and the hope of Kenyans.
“This would not have been possible if we were still engaged in our petty politics characterised by insults and competition, but because of our unity now we are getting international acclaim by other countries who wish to make Kenya an example of people and leaders coming together even after competition,” he said.
Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto also said they will continue working together to ensure the Building Bridges Initiative succeeds.
The Opposition leader said the Canaan NASA promised Kenyans was a peaceful land abound with good possessions for all Kenyans irrespective of their political, religious and ethnic backgrounds, which was exactly what his March 9 handshake with President Kenyatta had attained.
“Mr President, I am glad we are all here, because you know this was one of my strongholds during the General Election. We promised to take Kenyans to a land with plenty and unified that is the Canaan we meant, but when we reached River Jordan we found it was infested with crocodiles and changed tact; that is when you agreed to talk to us and now the Canaan that we are talking about is one which is open to both Jubilee and NASA followers,” the former premier said.
DP Ruto however poked fun at Odinga, saying the Canaan he learnt of in Sunday school never made reference to crocodiles in River Jordan.
“I want to tell the President and the former Prime Minister, that I fully support your efforts to we ensure that we are all united as one people focused on building bridges of brotherhood, friendship, unity, with all Kenyans. I sincerely want to thank you, Mr Prime Minister because you agreed to work and unite the President towards accomplishing this agenda,” said the Deputy President.