Uhuru tells opposition, I am open to dialogue, not insults

By: RAPHAEL WANJALA

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the opposition to stop attacks on his administration and focus on serving Kenyans.

Mr Kenyatta faulted the Opposition over their consistent attacks of his government and asked them to focus instead on services.

The President also said extended an olive branch saying he was ready to work with politicians from the political divide in improving the livelihoods of the citizens.

He, however, warned that he will not tolerate insults.

“The government is for everybody and everyone has a right to get services,” said Mr Kenyatta.

He was speaking in Lwakhakha, Sirisia Constituency, after officially opening a border point to ease cross border trade.

The President’s tour of the western region will take him to Bungoma, Kakamega and West Pokot counties among others.

Mr Kenyatta said he was not opposed to criticism as long it is used to point out areas that need improvement.

“Criticism will help in building and strengthening our country but not insults. Insulting us at every turn will not help the people of this great country,” he said.

He also defended the government from accusations that it was increasingly taking expensive loans from foreign banks.

“What is wrong with the government taking money to improve the lives of Kenyans? Is it wrong for the African Development Bank to give us money to increase electricity connections in the country?” asked the President.

SUGAR SMUGGLING

The President also defended the Kenya Defence Forces fighting in Somalia saying they were not carrying out any illegal trade.

This follows the release of a report which claimed that the military was involved in charcoal and sugar smuggling in Somalia.

The military has denied the report. Mr Kenyatta said the troops were risking their lives in Somalia.

“Why are people attacking and spreading lies about our troops in Somalia. We will defend them as they are doing a proper job,” said Mr Kenyatta, adding that Kenyans need to rally behind their troops.

Deputy President William Ruto, said the government was focused in delivering to the people and not politicking.

‘This is not the correct time for engaging in politics; we are only focused on improving the lives of Kenyans. The time to engage in politics will come,” said Mr Ruto.

President Kenyatta also handed over a charter to Kibabii University at a ceremony where he was also installed as the first Chancellor of the University.

Speaking at that ceremony, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula said the Opposition would continue to point out mistakes in government.

“Dialogue will help the country to move forward. We have always been critical of the government and we will continue to do so because we intend to make things better. Criticism should not create animosity between us,” said Wetangula.

But once again, the President said he was not opposed to dialogue or criticism but insisted that leaders should not do so through insults.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION