The Kenyan Livestock Marketing Council Chair, Dubat Amey has urged leaders to give the presidency the respect it deserves.
Amey said the presidency is not only the highest institution in the land, but a symbol of unity that must be respected by all irrespective their religious, tribal or political affiliation.
As an elder I am deeply worried by the casual manner we treat the presidency. This is an institution that unites us as a country and must be respected. Uhuru Kenyatta deserves to be respected by virtue of holding the office, Amey said.
Amey was reacting to a statement issued by the Rift Valley Council of Elders from asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare his stand on the 2022 succession politics.
According to the elders who spoke in Nakuru town, President Kenyatta’s silence on whether he will support his Deputy, William Ruto is sending mixed signals.
They asked the president to explain what the March 9 handshake with opposition leader, Raila Odinga entailed to end speculation regarding the deal.
Amey said that it was unfortunate the elders had resorted to addressing the president ‘like a herd’s boy.’
He said that the presidency in not the preserve for a few tribes who believe they have the numbers but is for all Kenyans.
We are perplexed by the utterances by the elders who should be on the forefront in building bridges among Kenyans, following the handshake between the president and former PM Raila Odinga, Amey said.
These are respected leaders who can get audience with the president if and when they want it. But resorting to issuing press statements and making it look like they are using threats is something we cannot condone, he added.
Amey said that it was unfortunate to see politicians using various platforms to campaign for their kinsmen ignoring the fact that Kenyans were more interested with development having come from a rigorous campaign and electioneering period that nearly tore the country apart.
We are appealing to all Kenyans to ignore individual groups who are only out to please their masters. Let us go about our normal business of building the nation and shun such people, he noted.
A section of leaders from Rift Valley led by majority leader in the Senate, Kipchumba Murkomen last week accused a clique of ‘individuals serving within the presidency’ are fueling the problems in Jubilee.
Source: Kenya News Agency