17TH NOVEMBER 2019
ODM STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA’S STAND ON BBI AND KIBRA BY-ELECTION:
We have now had the benefit of reviewing and fully understanding the import of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent political activities especially his Friday meeting with leaders from Central Kenya region as part of the on-
going effort to unite the country.
On behalf of the Orange Democratic Movement and all Kenyans who are keen to see a united country at peace with itself, I wish to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for remaining focused on the Handshake and BBI, which are
fundamental instruments in the effort to remake the Kenyan nation.
We also thank President Kenyatta for seeing the recent Kibra by election for what we in ODM thought it was: a strong indication that with unity and interest of the country at heart, a peaceful election is possible, not only in Kibra but in any part of the great Republic of Kenya. We join the president in thanking the people of Kibra for the significant role they played in ensuring that the elections were peaceful. With that, the people of Kibra won their place in history for taking a leading role in the remaking of the Kenyan nation. Everyone including the presidenttook note, and history will surely record it that when this country decided to mend its ways, with Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon Raila Odinga providing leadership, Kibra acted affirmatively thereby making it clear that no part of this country is too volatile to know peace.
With Kibra having shown the way and now behind us, I urge Kenyans in general and ODM supporters in particular to remain focused on BBI and the new Kenya we expect it to give birth to.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his brother Raila Odinga have said it before and the president said it again in Sagana; the handshake and the BBI are never about 2022 and any individual leader’s presidential ambitions. It is about Kenya and it’s posterity. It is about the country staying united and focused in addressing its pressing needs and urgent challenges through a consultative and inclusive process of national rebirth, now and into the future.
We encourage President Kenyatta and Rt. Hon Odinga never to lose sight of this high goal they set for themselves. The two leaders must refuse to be distracted by side-shows. On behalf of all elected leaders in ODM and the people we represent, I assure the President and Rt. Hon. Odinga of unwavering support in this once in a life time journey of national rebirth.
God Bless Kenya.
HON JOHN MBADI