Let’s not slide back to the 2007 post-poll chaos, Uhuru cautions nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday called on Kenyans to live in unity and shun divisive politics that could lead the country plunging back to the 2007/08 post-election violence.

President Kenyatta said the country has made significant progress and that patriotism should prevail among Kenyans.

Speaking yesterday in Nakuru’s Afraha stadium where he led the country in marking the 53rd Madaraka day, President Kenyatta said all different communities in the country should live for one single national purpose.

“In 2007, we sorely tested this covenant. But when we realized our folly, we paused to reflect, we retraced our steps and found the path to peace by painstakingly negotiating and ultimately ratifying a new Constitution in 2010. The scars of 2007 remind us of the shame of political competition without limits or wisdom. But our patriotism prevailed; and today, we take pride as a nation in showing ourselves and the world that we have brought good out of troubled times, and that we have learned to limit political conflict, so that it no longer threatens the self-government that our forefathers so painfully won,” he said.

President Kenyatta also urged leaders across all political divide to put the interest of the country first. “I want to remind all leaders that this country is bigger than all of us, nobody can claim that he is more important than the people in this country,” he said.

He said the national covenant put in place by the founding fathers of the country emphasized on unity in diversity.

“Our fathers won because of their unity, and that is why they vowed to fuse the aspirations of all our different communities into a single national purpose. They joined together in a national covenant that would bind them, and all who came after them,” President Kenyatta said.

“In making that covenant, they vowed to build a nation that would earn its place in the world: a nation in which poverty, disease and ignorance would have no home. The nationalist covenant agreed all those years ago still binds us together,” he added.

“They also declared that all men would be equal under this covenant. With this exchange of promises, all of us became Kenya; and Kenya became all of us”

In underscoring the government achievements, President Kenyatta said more than a trillion shillings to the counties in the last three years.

President Kenyatta said the money has gone to the grassroots, bringing paved roads where there were none, clean water to households and medicines to some of the most vulnerable Kenyans.

The President also said the government has built more kilometres of roads in the last three years than were built in the first 50 years of independence.

He added that an additional 2.2 million households have been connected to power since 2003, and 22,000 primary schools to the national grid.

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