Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has called for dialogue between President William Ruto and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga so as to unite the country barely seven months after the General Election.
Sakaja said that he was aware of some hardliners who did not want the President to engage with the opposition but believed that reason will prevail since he was elected to serve all citizens whether they voted for him or not.
The Governor who was speaking at Saint Joseph Mukasa Catholic Church in Kahawa West said that while he was not advocating for a handshake there must be some structured engagement between the government and the opposition for the sake of the country.
"This is our country and if we burn it we have nowhere else to go, that is why I am advocating for dialogue between the government and the opposition since I believe politics of exclusion is not part of our game since we must work together," said Sakaja.
The Nairobi Governor said Ruto should be given time to deliver since he was barely six months in office and it was unfair for anyone to accuse him for failing to deliver since he was putting necessary measures in place to make the country great in the next few years.
Sakaja said that the people of Nairobi would want a peaceful environment to carry out their business activities and would not like disruptions to take place during the planned mass action by opposition leaders.
The governor said that all elected leaders whether in government or opposition have a duty to work for the citizens for the next five years and it was their responsibility to deliver on the promises made during campaigns and not engaging in empty rhetoric.
"The President that I know is very accommodative and he has shown so far that he is ready to serve all regions whether they voted for him or not, he has appointed people from areas that did not vote for him to senior positions which has demonstrated this," said Sakaja.
The governor said that President Ruto's choice of Bishop David Oginde to serve as the Chairperson of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was great since he has shown over the years that he has the necessary experience to serve the country in tackling graft.
Sakaja said that the people of Nairobi had buried their political differences and were now keen on service delivery and they will put their leaders to task based on their performance and not on the strength of which political divide they belonged to.