Uhuru: I am not interested in power after 2022
SEE ALSO :Renewables top 90pc of Kenya’s powerThe ambitious project is expected to be completed by December 2021 and consists of a 10km four-lane ground level highway from Mlolongo to Eastern Bypass interchange. It is followed by 5km six-lane ground level highway from the by-pass to Southern Bypass Interchange which is then linked to 11.2km four-lane elevated highway from the interchange to James Gichuru junction. Thereafter he rode on the passenger train along the 100km phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway to Suswa and addressed meetings in Ongata Rongai, Ngong and Maai Mahiu. The President also took a swipe at leaders he accused of using, “force” to gain power instead of persuading voters”. Likening wooing voters to seducing a woman, the President said it was all about charm.
SEE ALSO :Uhuru launches Naivasha SGR operations“Men and women were created differently. If you have the urge, you seduce a woman slowly, but you don’t force. Today you buy her soda, tomorrow you buy her mandazi. You respect each other and you talk,” Uhuru told a crowd in Ngong. Kenyans to decide Uhuru added that power cannot be obtained forcibly and that in the long run, one can only attain presidency if God wills it. “No one gets power by force. In the end, it is through God’s grace that you get the seat.” The presidency, he went on, cannot be obtained by continuously asking for it since it is Kenyans who ultimately decide who to award the presidency. “People should not be asking for jobs. Ultimately it is Kenyans who decide to give the jobs”. Uhuru warned against tactics that lack in respect, warning that without respect, there would be consequences. “Let us respect each other. I’m telling my friends, we can compete, but let us respect each other. Let us compete and not spill blood. The Swahili said respect is not servitude. Respecting your friend is not being his servant. Respect me and I will respect you,” he added. The president said Kenya remains a democracy and as such, he was not concerned with suppressing free speech, stating, “This is a democracy, we cannot shut people”. He told the public they should not be misled into thinking that political contests were a sign of enmity. “We competed with Raila and he is not my enemy. Competition is fine, but coexisting and respecting each other is mandatory,” he added. Uhuru asserted that he was concerned with leaving a legacy as a president who cultivated lasting peace. Uhuru defended his infrastructural projects, dismissing critics as shortsighted individuals with little concern for the future of the country. He equated them to critics during the construction of the old Mombasa-Kisumu metre gauge railway line. “When the British came and constructed the old railway line, some dismissed them as fools. Later the critics watched as they took our produce to their countries…SGR is aimed at helping all citizens,” he argued. Traffic snarl-ups Uhuru praised the project saying it will reduce frequent traffic snarl-ups on Mombasa Road from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport beside guaranteeing jobs to the locals. During the launch of the expressway, Uhuru was accompanied by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua. Others present were Cabinet secretaries Keriako Tobiko (Environment), George Magoha (Education), Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and James Macharia (Transport). Members of Parliament Julius Mawathe (Embakasi South) and Charles Njagua (Starehe), and several Nairobi ward representatives were also present.
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