President Ruto takes dig at Uhuru as he lauds Kenya's democracy
Ruto on Thursday took a dig at immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta when he addressed a
joint sitting of Parliament and the Senate for the first time as head of state.
members of the two houses, President Ruto once again referenced the recently
held August elections noting the fact that the polls were conducted in a
peaceful, competitive and democratic manner was a great win for Kenya's
here on the tranquil side of a competitive election where we all came to grips
with the turbulent energies of political competition that characterise our
uniquely Kenyan brand of democracy," he said.
"It is true
this election was an intensely contested one. Nevertheless, that it was
peaceful and democratic, again confirms the coming of age of our
To further push his
point across that Kenya's democracy is blossoming in the right direction, President
Ruto brazenly mentioned how ex-president Kenyatta chose to back the candidature
of opposition leader and Azimio
la Umoja leader Raila Odinga over his own despite serving as his deputy for
nearly a decade.
and this only happens in Kenya, the sitting Deputy President became the
candidate of the Opposition and the Leader of Opposition became the candidate
of the government, and as things would be, the opposition candidate won the
election and became President and the President became the leader of the
opposition party. That’s the beauty of our democracy," he said.
According to Ruto,
Kenyans likewise admirably came out in large numbers to elect into office their
preferred leaders based of what they would bring to the table once they occupy
office and not on tribal lines.
This he says was
another win for Kenya's democracy.
support of Kenyans, we have dislodged ethnicity as the central organising
principle of our politics, thereby retiring – for good - the ethnic
mobilisation and personality cults, together with their culture and practices
of exclusion, discrimination, patronage, tribalism and nepotism," he said.
process, we affirmed the sovereignty of the people of Kenya as the ultimate
decision makers as envisaged in the constitution."
underscored that unbiased service delivery will be one of the major focuses of
his administration for the next five years.
"Certainly, service delivery under my administration shall be impartial regardless of political affiliation or voter preference. Kenya is our home, and we remain united as one strong family," he said.
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