Kenyatta Calls For Unity As Kenya Marks 50 Years


check geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at the Kenya @50 celebrations held at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenyatta urged Kenyans to embrace the unity exhibited by freedom fighters–regardless of race, tribe, religion or class but to join hands to build a prosperous nation, devoid of ethnic or parochial divisions.

“We must remain, united as Kenyans, and, I underscore, it is not a matter of choice,” he said.

He paid glowing tribute to the country’s independence icons and the continent’s liberation heroes and heroines.

The President observed that all Pan-Africanists, whose sacrifice and unity of purpose saw the liberation of the continent, must be remembered.

He noted that together with Kenya’s founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Algeria’s founding President, Ahmed Ben Bella and the legendary Nelson Mandela were visionaries who saw a united Africa as the foundation of a truly prosperous continent.

“We are proud of these great sons of Africa, and acknowledge their sacrificial role, which continues to shape our continent.” President Kenyatta said.

As Kenyans commemorate the historic Jamhuri Day, the President urged them to reflect on the sacrifices the freedom fighters made to liberate the country and emulate their patriotism.

“At a dark time, these heroes and heroines – peasants, menial labourers, clerks, traders, the youth and other ordinary people – chose, at an enormous personal cost, to take the just path for their nation,” the President said.

He further noted that citizens have to commit themselves to always defend the value of the country’s freedom and sovereignty that came at a high cost.

Saying freedom is meaningful when citizens shoulder their obligations to one another and diligently discharge them, the President called upon Kenyans to treat each other with respect, no matter their cultural differences.

“To work hard and honestly; To refrain from corruption; To speak our truth; To represent ourselves and each other fairly; To educate ourselves and each other; To help people lift themselves out of poverty and disease; To work to develop our country in an equitable fashion; To respect laws and abide by them; And to do these things consistently.”

Emphasising that national unity is one of his most passionate goals, the President observed that it has been proved the world over that national unity is critical to the socio-economic advancement of any society.

“I pledge to you today, fellow countrymen and women, that national unity and integration will be priority number one of my administration,” the President said.

He said all Kenyans must be ready to fight against negative ethnicity because “for too long our people have suffered from this disease but now it is time to say we are tired and we must eliminate it”.

Kenyatta affirmed that he envisioned a Kenya where all people will not only be proud of their diverse heritage and cultures but also unite around their common aspirations as enshrined in the Constitution.

“We have to accept Kenya is our motherland; the land where Kenyans of all nationalities and of all religious faith can live together as brothers and sisters,” the President said.

As indicated in the Jubilee Manifesto, President Kenyatta underlined that his administration believes in one Kenya where all citizens –whoever they are and wherever they live will –have the opportunity to succeed and prosper, free of discrimination.

He declared his determination to provide leadership towards the attainment of this noble objective.

“Our shared aim is to end meaningless ethnic tensions and rivalry and to unite all our citizens,” the President said.

He said that a united Kenya has tremendous potential for growth and development, clarifying that Kenya is not just a collection of 42 tribes who have to live together but one nation assembled by divine providence and held together for the last 50 years by its common will and belief in a collective brighter future.


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