President Uhuru Kenyatta has by and by showered Opposition pioneer Raila Odinga with laud before his DP William Ruto for consenting to work with him in joining Kenyans together following the turbulent and troublesome electioneering period in 2017.
While conveying his State of the Nation address on Wednesday, May 2, the president said his journey to unite Kenyans would not have been simple without the previous PM.
“I am not the only leader that felt the need to restore unity, Raila Odinga did so too. Let me praise the statesmanship he showed,” Uhuru said.
The president encouraged Kenyans, and particularly the pioneers from the two sides of the political gap, to help his tranquility activity with Raila.
“Neither peace nor unity are given. We must work for it. I believe last year (2017) taught us that if we do not put an end to unrestrained political competition, then it will put an end to Kenya,” he said.
Uhuru added their choice to put a conclusion to severe political contention was vital on the grounds that the nearby governmental issues had been transformed into a conflict between hopeless adversaries.
This, the president stated, cost lives of Kenyans and undermined to obliterate Kenya.
“I need to be clear; never again should a Kenyan life be lost for governmental issues. Every one of us need to concede that last year we fizzled Kenyans. We should offer some kind of reparation,” he said.
The president went the extent that apologizing to Kenyans for the wrongs he may have conferred or said amid the tumultuous electioneering time frame.
“Let us each apologize for our words, outrage and vindictiveness that Kenyans heard. In the event that there is anything I said that hurt you, I request that you excuse me,” he argued.
This was the second time Uhuru was acknowledging Raila for consenting to work with him towards joining the nation.
The last time he heaped the Opposition boss with applaud before his delegate, Ruto, was amid the memorial service of the late veteran legislator Kenneth Matiba.
Uhuru and Raila have since designated a 14-part group to spearhead execution of their tranquility ascension.