Uhuru in Ahero, hints at ‘big plans’ for Kenya in deal with Raila
Published on: December 13, 2018 01:21 (EAT)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has given what seems to be another clue as to what the much publicised handshake with NASA leader Raila Odinga may mean for the future of politics in Kenya. Speaking during his visit to Ahero on Thursday, the President told off those he termed as doubtful of the peace deal saying there is more to come. “Tulisema yule ana ujuzi ya kuunganisha Afrika ni Raila. Wale wanasema handshake si ya ukweli wangoje waone ile itafanyika hii nchi. Kila mkenya ataona serikali ni yake na ako ndani ndio tutaleta amani (We said the person best suited to unite Africa is Raila. Those saying the handshake was fake should wait and see what will happen in this country, Every Kenyan will feel they are part of the Government and this is how we will achieve lasting peace),” he said. The President added that he and ‘Jakom‘ (Raila) would ensure that projects such as the road linking Kenya to Tanzania would benefit local residents. He reiterated that his visit to the Nyanza region and Kisumu in particular shows that politics will not interfere with what he and Raila have planned for Kenyans. “Mimi na ndugu yangu tumesema siasa haiwezi simama katikati ya wakenya. Tumesema tutaenda mwanzo mahali siasa ilianza kuwagawanya wananchi na ndio tumekuja. Jakom sasa yuko kwa serialism na tutafanya ile inawezekana kuletea wananchi maendeleo (Raila and I have agreed that politics cannot divide Kenyans any longer. We have said we will go to where politics divided us the most and that is why we are here. Jakom believes in serialism and we will do what we can to bring development to the people),” he said. The Head of State further added that his trip is a big step towards the achievement of the Big Four Agenda. He cited the Universal Health Coverage plan that he is scheduled to launch in the county as well as recent efforts to fight corruption. The President was addressing residents in Ahero after his arrival for a tour of Kisumu County on Thursday. He was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Mr. Odinga, both of whom spoke to residents from separate vehicles. According to Mr. Ruto, Kenyans and indeed politicians from across the political divide should put aside their differences and support the Uhuru-Raila peace deal. “Mkiona prime minister na Uhuru na Ruto katikati yao, uhasama ya siasa tumezika. Tumefungua ukurasa mpya (When you see Raila, Uhuru and Ruto together you should know that political animosity is a thing of the past. We have opened a new chapter),” he said.