President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged all Kenyans to embrace peace, including opposition leaders. Speaking at Redeem Gospel Church in Huruma, President Kenyatta said development should be the basis for development, adding that opposition leaders should also embrace this regardless of the differences they had, “It’s not a big issue because people must compete in a democratic nation, but we aren’t competing because of the language we speak, the color of our skins or the tribe we belong to. We compete with ideas and we must have a winner and a loser,” he said, “As Kenyans, we are one, and our main aim after competing is to come together, celebrate together and work together.”
He reiterated that opposition leaders shouldn’t disturb the peace in the country and should address the issues they have with Jubilee instead, saying that Kenya is based on diversity as its main component and it should be embraced, “We have a lot to be proud of as a people because of that rich culture of diversity which politicians have tended to abuse that for personal gain,” said the President.
He stressed that having differences in ideas and opinions is normal, given that competition first arises due to different beliefs, though this doesn’t mean people can’t co-exist in peace. President Kenyatta said politicians should deal with their agendas without affecting the lives of Kenyans, who want the basic necessities of life like jobs, security and education, “The best way they can get that is to let them continue with their lives as we debate the merits and demerits of our different programs,” he said.