NASA leader Raila Odinga has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to respect wazee ,but most importantly, the Supreme Court and embrace tolerance in the face of political challenge.
Raila was speaking in Kiambu on Friday,22nd September, during the burial of former Nairobi mayor Samuel Mbugua, who was father of former Nairobi woman representative Rachel Shebesh.
The former PM assured he is ready to respect the will of the people after the repeat election on October 26th and that he expects President Uhuru to do the same.
“We have moved on for the last four and a half years. I am sure we are going to resolve these issues. If it is my brother Uhuru, I will respect the will of the people,” he said as quoted by The Star.
“And I know that if it’s me, he will also respect that.”
Raila made it clear that there is no bad blood between him and the head of state.
“Uhuru is my younger brother. Na mimi nimesema heshimu mzee. Hakuna shida. Tuko pamoja…tunakaa na yeye tunaongea vizuri. Sisi tunataka Kenya iendelee mbele na mimi nina hakika itaendelea mbele.”
This loosely translates to: “I am saying respect mzee. There is no problem. We are together…we talk…we want Kenya to progress and I am sure this is going to happen.”
President Uhuru also attended the funeral alongside his entourage. He and Raila came face to face for the first time since the bungled August 8th elections.
In his response ,the head of state said:”Raila has said I should respect him as an old man…I also call upon him to respect the will of the people.”
The reply was met with applause from the mourners who were present.
Kenyatta steered clear of politics but maintained he respects the Supreme Court ruling even though he disagrees with it.
He said he will respect the outcome of the repeat poll.
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