Priest: President Uhuru Kenyatta should retire

A Catholic priest has accused some Jubilee Party officials of misleading President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) to extend his stay in power.

Ambrose Kimutai, a priest at Segemik Parish in Bomet, said President Kenyatta should prepare to retire in 2022.

Fr Kimutai asked Uhuru to ignore those trying to convince him to stay in power after his term.

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“Whether there is going to be a change of the Constitution to create new positions, Uhuru should retire honourably,” Kimutai said, while emphasising that the 2022 succession talk was headed in the wrong direction.

“Some people are forgetting that President Barack Obama retired despite being very young, and now want to mislead Uhuru that he can prolong his stay."

Good legacy

The priest specifically hit out at Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Raphael Tuju, saying their recent talks over the upcoming succession was divisive.

He said those claiming that Deputy President William Ruto has a political debt to pay were misleading Kenyans since Ruto himself had said that he was owed nothing by anyone.

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“The two party officials should be courteous and show respect to the deputy president. His union with Uhuru in 2013 brought peace and unity,” said Kimutai

The priest pointed out that Uhuru has already left a legacy in the years he has been in power.

He emphasised that it would be foolhardy of him to spoil that legacy by going for another position after his term expires in 2022.

At the same time, Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso said there was need to embrace harmony and tolerance as the country matches on to 2022.

She argued that despite the need to plan ahead politically, more resources should be channelled to development.

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Succession politicsUhuru KenyattaJubilee PartyAmbrose Kimutai