President Uhuru Kenyatta has set the record straight on what his peace agreement with Opposition leader Raila Odinga on March 9, 2018, was all about, amid confusion and intense debate on what it actually entailed.
The president unequivocally stated his handshake with the former prime minister had nothing to do with the raging 2022 politics and was about bringing Kenyans together.
“We cannot realise the social and economic needs of our people in an environment of constant political bickering. We also acknowledge that we cannot do it on our own. We need each other,” Uhuru said during his address at the Chatham House, London, on Tuesday, April 17 .
The president added one of the government’s biggest agendas is to create a conducive environment for doing business.
The government, he said, is also committed to delivering on its promises to the people.
The president urged local leaders to put politics aside for the time being and instead support his peace initiative with Raila.
There was a prolonged debate on what the Uhuru-Raila unity pact entailed and how it was likely to affect the 2022 politics.
Uhuru had promised his right hand man, Deputy President William Ruto, that he will take over the mantle in 2022.
Some, especially from the Jubilee Party, fear Raila’s new found friendship with the president may jeopardise the Uhuruto’s political arrangement.
Kenyans were left even more confused when Raila on April 12 held a surprise meeting with retired president Daniel arap Moi.
A section of Kenyans perceived the Raila-Moi surprise meeting as a strategic political maneuver against Ruto who is widely seen as a top contender in the 2022 race.