President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned the “Tanga Tanga wing” of his Jubilee administration against polarizing the country, adding that the consequences will be dire.
President Kenyatta while speaking on various local radio stations in the ‘Kikuyu’ dialect, warned his critics especially from Mount Kenya not to be bought to cause division and sow seeds of discord.
“There is a clique seeking to divide our people for their own selfish interest and I want to tell you that divided you will fall and my plea to you is that we move together and we also move together with the rest of Kenya,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta further accused the Jubilee administration faction led by his Deputy William Ruto of refusing to tone down politics and instead help complete the various ongoing projects.
“The truth of the matter is that when they go out there and play politics they are boasting using the projects in roads, water and last mile connectivity projects that we have undertaken as a government,” said President Kenyatta.
The head of State said that it was unfortunate that those against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) have been on the charm offensive to water down the constitutional reform moment by linking it to 2022 and branding it a route to help opposition leader Raila Odinga ascend to the Presidency.
“I do not remember telling you to vote for any particular person (s) and giving any promises to anyone. When the elections come, we shall exercise our democratic right and evaluate each candidate on the ballot,” said Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta told his Mount Kenya backyard that he has chosen to keep silent against a barrage of insults from his political foe turned nemesis, citing that he has fixed his eye on delivering key promises to the electorate.
“We will not go where they think they can drive us. But as I said in Mama Hannah’s funeral in Vihiga, don’t mistake keeping quiet for cowardice. If they dare try provoking national strife, they will see us in our true colours,” he warned.
He urged his supporters from Mt Kenya backyard to move in unity towards the next political dispensation saying that some political players from the region are guilty of accepting payments to bring down rivals.
He also said he was looking forward to a stress free retirement in which he will be able to watch from the sidelines and engage in “other national development engagements even if it is just farming.”
President Kenyatta also in a thinly veiled attack at his deputy said that there was no way that one can deal with the issues facing Kenyans by dividing them along the class lines and warned his Mt Kenya backyard that the ‘hustler’ narrative would set a dangerous precedence.
“I am begging you, our people, do not be incited by people just because of a few coins. There are people who are focused on divisions. But let me tell you the truth. Please, there is nothing as important unity in this country,” Uhuru said.
Ruto has been pushing the ‘hustler’ narrative arguing that every hustle matters and the government should deal with the issues affecting the ordinary citizen.