Leaders from the opposition coalition together with their supporters have been urged to back the peace and unity initiative by President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga which is aimed at healing and unifying the country.
Speaking in Likuyani constituency, Mr. Deberious Shikuku Wafula who vied for the Likuyani parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket in the August 8th, 2017 general elections said the decision by the two top leaders to put the interest of the country ahead of their own was
He praised the pact christened as “Building Bridges to a New Kenyan nation,” as a move towards healing the country’s wounds. “This is true statesmanship and I urge all Kenyans of goodwill to unanimously support the new pact aimed at bringing together the country which has been deeply divided by politics,” said Deberious.
He said it was disappointing that over the past years Kenya has been taken captive by political wars between politicians in their push for a democratic nation which has instead resulted in deep and bitter political divisions, disagreement and ethnicity, arguing it was
high time Kenyans seize this unprecedented opportunity to talk to each other and reconcile.
He urged the other NASA principals and supporters to put aside their personal interests and support the peace pact.
“I am still an ODM member but what I can tell my friends in NASA is that Kenya has moved a step ahead and we should drop our hardline stance against the pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. This is not the time to cry foul about consultations and dialogue, let’s join hands and support the government for the sake of unity and development,” he said.
He, however, defended the opposition leader for meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta without other principals saying the opposition leader represented the whole NASA fraternity, and President Uhuru Kenyatta also represented the Jubilee fraternity.
“It is our hope that the two leaders will join efforts and promote national cohesion, enhance inclusivity, strengthen devolution, end the cancer of divisive politics, fight corruption, and promote shared prosperity,” he added.