President Kenyatta: I'll not fight back any more

President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated that he will not fight back against Kenya Kwanza allied politicians' insults.

This comes after Deputy President William Ruto accused him (Kenyatta) of being an ingrate for abandoning him in his hour of need, yet he (Ruto) was there for Kenyatta in the last two general elections.

Ruto who spoke in his Kapsabet backyard, Nandi County, on Friday, July 29, said he'd had enough of Kenyatta's "threats", and was now asking him to stop intimidating him.

However, Mr Kenyatta, while addressing residents of Kiambu on Monday, August 1, accused Ruto of playing deceitful politics to win voters' sympathy.

"The people I helped win votes are now insulting me; tell them I will not fight back, and I will not kill them as they have claimed my intentions are," he said.

"Do your job first, God will praise you later."

He denied that his intentions were to eliminate his political opponents, claiming that he meant well for everyone.

"I hear they're saying I want to kill them. All those years they have insulted me, have you ever heard me engage with them or respond to them in any way? Standing on top of vehicles saying 'that one looks like this and that?' Will I start doing that now that I am going back to Ichaweri?," Kenyatta posed.

Whoever is led by the devil only speaks according to what they would do if they were president. That is what they would do. I am not of their group; I belong to the group of Christ," he added.

Kenyatta's statement comes after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) asked Uhuru and Ruto to stop creating tension ahead of the August election.

The commission, through its chairperson Samuel Kobia, reminded the two leaders that the citizens are looking up to them to lead them through a peaceful election even as the country is forging towards the polls slated for August 9.

Professor Kobia further urged leaders to take charge of their mandate as leaders and guide citizens accordingly.