Kenya

Uhuru Blasts Opposition: Forget Coalition Gov't

uhurus_487677832

purchase http://davidyoho.com/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Uhuru said opposition leaders who have been asking to be included in the Government should forget such a possibility and instead play their role responsibly.


Header advertisement

“Hakuna mambo ya nusu mkate (There is no half loaf)” he said. Nusu Mkate is a euphemism for the coalition government which former President Mwai Kibaki formed with opposition leader Raila Odinga with the latter appointed as Prime Minister in 2008.


Uhuru was speaking at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday where he led the nation in marking the 51st Madaraka Day.


The remarks come amidst heightened pressure on government to hold talks for a transitional government with the opposition.


Welcoming Odinga on Saturday after a sabbatical leave in Unites States, former Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka said Raila must call for a national dialogue with Uhuru and members of his Jubilee team on Saba-Saba Day (July 7th, 2014) short of which “Kenyans will demand that they leave office and go home.”


Threats of protests from CORD have since stoked tensions in the Kenya, with fears that political violence could break out in the fragile nation.


Raila also said Kenyan leaders are milking the country dry to fatten their personal bank accounts as prices of consumer goods shoot through the roof.


The CORD leader also demanded the disbanding of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which he said was favouring Uhuru and his allies. –


However, Uhuru said opposition should forget all about the coalition government and instead provide ideas of developing the East African nation.

National Dialogue


He said the Government has in the last five months been putting in place structures for a national dialogue conference to discuss the challenges facing the country.


The dialogue will be within the established channels, he said, and asked the opposition to stop acting recklessly at a time the country was facing new threats like terrorism.


“It’s good you want to talk because the Government has programmes to talk about many issues that are facing us like the wage bill and terrorism,” he said.


The President said constant politicking will never bring progress and told Kenyans that hard work and responsibility was the key to achieve desired results.


“The unity of purpose requires each of us to do our jobs. Those of us in Government must serve all Kenyans impartially. Those in opposition are called to offer the ideas that will help this nation leap the hurdles that block our path to the prosperity and unity we deserve,” the President added.


Security


The President said national unity is needed now more than never before as “terrorists, thieves and poachers threaten our lives, our property and our national heritage”.


To beef-up security, President Kenyatta said Government has embarked on installing CCTV cameras in major cities and towns, as well as broadband connectivity at border points.


The Government has also provided at least 1,200 vehicles for police, which in time will also be equipped with CCTV cameras.


Nearly 8,000 young men and women have joined the disciplined services and Sh 2.9 billion has been set aside for the recruitment of additional 10,000 police officers this year.


He announced Government plans to establish a national digital register next financial year to gather and store accurate data on security and immigration issues.


“Contrary to the voices of controversy, our only aim is to unify the management of our information into a single, credible source of truth about matters of public concern,” he added.


As the country celebrates its 51st Madaraka anniversary, the President said, leaders must respect one another and the established systems of governance.


“In a country as diverse as Kenya, we will always find issues to disagree about. What Madaraka asks of us is that when we disagree, we reason together respectfully.”


He said some leaders have forgotten the responsibilities they carry and have “yielded to a narrative of negativity, which sees every ill in their mother-land, and their countrymen, and rejects every good.”


Ruto warns against rivalry


Deputy President William Ruto said the Government will work for all Kenyans irrespective of who they voted for and called on politicians to stop diving Kenyans on fake narratives.


“This is one government, one country and people. Let us work for the unity of this country” he said, as he also asked Jubilee politicians that they have a bigger burden of fostering unity in their own regions.


Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who was given an opportunity to address the gathering, got a rapturous welcome.


The Governor said he will play his part to ensure the peace in the city is not compromised.


“We have lived in peace and we want that peace to continue” said Kidero, who was booed at an opposition rally yesterday.


Kidero said he will never stop working closely with the National Government and as required by the law.


The celebrations were attended by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries.


Later at State House Nairobi, the President and First lady hosted a colourful garden party attended by Cabinet Secretaries, members of parliament and members of the diplomatic corps among other invited guests.

Comments

Header advertisement
To Top