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President pressman! - Lee Njiru launches his memoir in Nakuru

"Let's stop using demeaning words against other tribes whether big or small."

In Summary
  •  Lee said that ethnicity is the worst enemy that has affected Kenya and it is time to uproot the vice.
  • He also implored the electorate to vote for whoever they want in peace and not to let any politician use them to gain political mileage.
Former President Moi Press Secretary Lee Njiru (Left) hands over his book to Mt Kenya University Founder Prof. Simon Gicharu (Right) during the launch of the book in Nakuru on Sunday July 31.
Image: James Munyua

Former late President Daniel Arap Moi's press secretary Lee Njiru has urged politicians not to stir ethnic animosity during this electioneering period.

He also implored the electorate to vote for whoever they want in peace and not to let any politician use them to gain political mileage.

Speaking in Nakuru on Sunday, July 31 after the launch of his book "The Presidents Pressman",  Lee said that ethnicity is the worst enemy that has affected Kenya and it is time to uproot the vice.

"I ask our politicians if you want to become the president of this country you must be aware that all that Kenya want is to feel that they belong to this country. We should not have a scenario of big communities and small communities, we should all be Kenyan," Njiru said.

"Let's stop using demeaning words against other tribes whether big or small. Whoever practices tribalism is half-dead. If you are within the borders of Kenya, you are a child of Kenya.”

He also urged Journalists to be objective, especially when reporting on political topics and to give an equal and enabling environment to all candidates to put their agenda across.

Mr Njiru is a career civil servant who served for 46 years. He first served Kenya's first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and later Mzee Moi as the head of the Presidential Press Service.

In his memoir, which he says was inspired by the need to demystify the statehouse, Njiru lifts the lead on the behind-the-scenes dealings at the house on the hill.

The book, according to Njiru, took two years to compile, aims at revealing what really happens there besides the glamour and power that beholds the statehouse.

“I did not think I had the capacity to write a book, but after some of my friends implored me to do so. I decided to tell my story so that citizens are not lied to by the magnanimity of what they think is statehouse. Behind the scenes are bigotry, ethnicity, backstabbing and pain,” Njiru narrated.

“It took me a lot of time to decide what I was going to write without revealing too much. I even contemplated asking for input from some people. I however resisted the urge to alter any information but to write what I witnessed and I can say all that I wrote is true.”

Njiru also said he wrote the book to make young people understand the need for tenacity. To focus on the objective tenaciously and also avoid tribalism but rather become a citizen of the world.

The now ageing but articulate pressman urges Kenyans to consider sharing the information they might have through writing a book.

“I call upon others who are here and the heads of the president's press service to also consider writing a book. Kanze Dena should write a book and lift a lead on what she has witnessed during president Uhuru's stay at the statehouse. The citizens need this information,”

The launch was attended by Prof. Egara Kabaji, Justice Joseph Kamau who was the Chief Guest, Mt Kenya University founder Prof. Simon Gicharu, and Nominated MP Jenniffer Shamalla among other notable people.

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