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'RESPECT THE PRESIDENT'

Shollei condemns Rift leaders attacking Uhuru over dams probe

Tells them to stop using public forums to accuse the President of targeting the Kalenjin community

In Summary

•Uhuru critics fear that probe on Arror and Kimwarer dams targets DP Ruto and his allies. 

•The Woman Rep warns of remarks that can trigger disunity and disharmony among residents. 

Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Sholei
Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Sholei
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Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei has told off her Rift Valley colleagues over recent attacks on President Uhuru Kenyatta over the ongoing graft investigations.

Shollei said political leaders must respect the President and desist from using public forums to fight the Head of State.

“Even if they don’t like him, they should know that he is the head of this country and a symbol of national unity. He is not there to serve individual or community interests," Shollei said.

The legislator was reacting to recent remarks by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Marakwet East MP Kangogo Bowen, among others, that the President was targeting Kalenjins  and DP William Ruto in the war on graft.

Uhuru's critics claim the investigation on the Arror and Kimwarer dams in Elgeyo Marakwet is political and target DP Ruto and his allies.

Shollei told them to desist from making remarks that can trigger disunity and disharmony. 

“So far there is nothing linking the DP to corruption and it's not proper for some leaders to mislead the public with unnecessary attacks on the President," she told the press in Eldoret. 

At the same time, Governor Jackson Mandago has advised the Kalenjin community not to "harbour deep political feelings which could end up being harmful yet the country’s political trends keep on changing".

Mandago said he had learnt major political lessons from President Kenyatta’s handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga because they ended up embracing each other after bitter rivalry that caused fighting and the death of some Kenyans during the last elections.

“Don’t be emotional about politics because the politicians you think are at war now will be dining together a few minutes later," Mandago said Eldoret.

The governor said he was one of those who fought to stop Odinga from the winning the last elections, "but he is now in government and closer to State House. I am the one who should be complaining or worried than you members of the public because I fought hard and could not even sleep to ensure Odinga does not win but now the same Odinga operates from the bedroom in State House."

He advised Kenyans to "remain focused on their lives instead of worrying too much about politics which keeps on changing every day".

“Politics is like a strong wind which can blow to any direction but remain firm so that if it changes you remain in the same place with no worries."

Many of those who hated Raila now find themselves in embarrassing situations whenever they meet him at State House, the governor said.

“I no longer care; with or without the handshake or even the calls for a referendum, we should know that politics will come and go but we have to remain peaceful and loving one another as Kenyans," he added.