2022 SUCCESSION

Leave this country in safe hands, President Kenyatta told

Politicians urge Uhuru to ensure his successor will be able to spur the economy and unite Kenya's 48 million people

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“Your Excellency, there are some people if you leave the button of power into their hands they will sell this country, and we don’t want that,” Ngilu said.

 

Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi upon the President's arrival at Mululu village in Vihiga county for the burial of Hannah Atsianzale Mudavadi on Saturday, January 9, 2021
WELCOME: Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi upon the President's arrival at Mululu village in Vihiga county for the burial of Hannah Atsianzale Mudavadi on Saturday, January 9, 2021
Image: MAERTIN OMBIMA

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Saturday urged to ensure he leaves the leadership of the country in able hands when his term ends next year.

Politicians and leaders who spoke during the burial of Hanna Atsianzale Mudavadi is Malulu village, Sabatia, Vihiga county said Kenya needs a sober leader who will work to improve the economy that has been badly battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

They said such a leader must also be able to unite all Kenya's ethnic communities.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu while said there are some leaders that cannot be trusted with the leadership of the nation.

“Your Excellency, there are some people if you leave the button of power into their hands they will sell this country, and we don’t want that,” Ngilu said.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions secretary general Francis Atwoli urged the President to crack the whip Jubilee Party rebels saying they were derailing the Big Four agenda.

"Your deputy says it is BBI that has derailed your Big Four agenda yet he knows well what has derailed your administration,” Atwoli said.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala urged the President to shepherd his allies and secure his Mt Kenya political backyard.

But Uhuru assured the country that he was fully in control of the government.

He said those saying they were tired "of my leadership, you are free to walk out and seek new elections."

"I am the President and I am in charge of this country's governments of the day. If you are not comfortable, seek your space through the ballot," Uhuru said.

Uhuru said Kenya has been ruled by leaders from only two communities and that it was time to allow a leader from a different community to take the mantle of leadership.

“Kenya has many communities that can take this leadership, not only the Kikuyu and the Kalenjins,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto is a Kalenjin and has been criss-crossing the country to market his 2022 presidential bid. Uhuru's remarks mean he may opt to back someone else other than his deputy.

ODM leader Raila Odinga hit out at Ruto, criticising his hustler narrative. Raila said every Kenyan is a hustler and that to group people into hustlers versus dynasties is divisive.

He said Kenya's previous presidents were people who rose from very poor backgrounds.

“Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was just a water meter reader and he made it all the way to be President, Kibaki became a bus conductor to raise his school fee and he made it to become president,” Raila said.

 

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Senate Majority leader Samwuel Pogisio, Kisumu Governor Peter Nyong'o and Marther Karua far end.
Vihiga Senate Majority leader Samwuel Pogisio, Kisumu Governor Peter Nyong'o and Marther Karua far end.
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