In Summary
  • On his father, who died on August 22, 1978 when the young Kenyatta was 16, the president described him as a man who deeply loved Kenya.

  • The Head of State was optimistic that he and those of his generation had extended what Mzee Kenyatta and other independence heroes had hoped for the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has described political differences as the core of Kenya’s democracy, but warned that such varying opinions should not be used to divide the country.

He, however, insisted that such differences, which he said were even more during any election, should be respected, saying it had a direct link to the development of the country.

PETITION

“There is no single Kenyan who went to the ballot in this election and made a mistake (by voting for their candidate of choice) ,” President Kenyatta told the congregation at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Jogoo Road during the 39th memorial service of the country’s founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

He went on: “That is the essence and the core of democracy. And without that respect for diversity, even our development agenda is not possible.”

“Let us also be able to respect our ability to have differing opinions but differing opinions do not mean enmity, we are still one people.”

President Kenyatta was declared winner after a high-stakes elections on August 8 that his closest challenger Raila Odinga has disputed and has lodged a petition at the Supreme Court.

17 YEARS

On his father, who died on August 22, 1978 when the young Kenyatta was 16, the president described him as a man who deeply loved Kenya.

“Today we celebrate and remember the life of a man who, together with his colleagues, dedicated his life to attaining the independence of Kenya and for 17 years led as its founding father,” said President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by his wife Margaret, and his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

The Head of State was optimistic that he and those of his generation had extended what Mzee Kenyatta and other independence heroes had hoped for the country.

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