A section of Opposition officials from Nyeri and Embu Counties have criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, for not recognising Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga’s presence during Madaraka Day celebrations held at Kabiru-ini Stadium in Nyeri on Thursday (1/06/17).
ODM and National Super Alliance (NASA) coordinator in the region, Gitonga Wathanga, indicated they were shocked to learn that Odinga was not going to address the gathering.
Speaking during the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations, the President took time to highlight some projects that the Government has implemented, including the recently launched Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), increasing the number of referral hospitals across the country, increasing persons connected to electricity through the stima mashinani project and building roads.
“Kenya has made huge strides in terms of development projects and economy since Independence. My administration has tried to improve the lives of our people by improving health care facilities, improving water connection especially in Taita Taveta and Mombasa counties,” said President Uhuru.
The Head of State also urged politicians who will lose in the August polls to accept defeat and wait for their time.
“I want to urge with politicians who will be defeated in elections to accept and move on. Do not incite Kenyans if you loose elections. Let’s preach peace putting in mind that elections will come and go but Kenya will remain here and we should live together peacefully,” added the President.
The Deputy President lauded Uhuru for ensuring that national days are also celebrated in other parts of the country outside Nairobi, saying the move was a step in the right direction in uniting the country.
“I am very proud to be a member of a team that is engaged in building bridges of friendship and partnership among all the people of Kenya,” Mr Ruto stated.
Madaraka Day , 1 June, commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963.