President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit out at political leaders who have lately been on the campaign trail, urging them to wait for 2022 to start politicking.
Speaking at Uhuru Market in Nairobi during Nairobi County’s clean-up exercise on Saturday, the president said what Kenyans want at the moment is service delivery and development as opposed to constant politicking.
His remarks appeared to be a direct jibe at his deputy William Ruto and political leaders already coalescing around him ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
“Jameni, tunajua kila miaka tano, tuna uchaguzi… si tugonje jameni miaka tano ifike ndio tuanze siasa ya uchaguzi huo mwingine?” he posed.
The President also called for politicians to desist from fueling unnecessary political tensions in the country.
“My main aim is to uplift the lives of our people. We cannot achieve this if every time we engage in politics and are divided politically. The over 40 million Kenyans want services from those they elected. Let us wait for the five years to lapse to start politics,” said President Kenyatta.
He further emphasized that development cannot be divided along political lines appealing for all elected leaders to work together to Kenyans.
“We will not feed on our parties but on development. We should respect each other as no development is delivered on party lines like this is for ODM, Jubilee or Wiper party. Let us work together as this is our country all. We have nowhere to go to so let us pull together to help our people,” he said.
On his part, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko urged Nairobi leaders to put politics aside and deliver to the residents.
“We are working with the national government to improve Nairobi. We have upgraded various roads, markets and fire stations since I came into office. So let us put politics aside and deliver to Nairobi residents,” said Sonko.