There should never be blood-shedding among Kenyans because of politics, says President Uhuru Kenyatta.

As the country marked the 38th anniversary of the death of the country’s founding president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, here Monday, he added that Kenyans needed to embrace the strong legacy left behind by the pioneers and make positive contributions for a better country.

The Head of State was speaking at a memorial service for Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at the Holy Family Minor Basilica in Nairobi. The service was presided over by the Rt. Rev. David Kamau, the Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi Catholic Archdiocese.

President Kenyatta said as the country prepares for the next general election, due next year, political competition should be based on programmes and ideology and not on “unnecessary issues”.

He pointed out that Mzee Kenyatta and other pioneers struggled to liberate the country so as to make it better for all Kenyans. “We are all Kenyans, we are one people of one nation, political competition should not divide and create enmity among us,” said the President.

He challenged Kenyans to strive to make positive contributions to the development of the country regardless of their position in life. “Positions are not permanent, we will at one time all go. What will we be remembered for after we are gone?” the President asked.

Former Prime Minister and CORD leader Raila Odinga, who also attended the commemoration service, echoed President Kenyatta’s call saying Kenyans should never again fight because of political competition.

“Political competition should not bring enmity between our people. As we get into campaigning never again should we shed blood because of political competition,” said Odinga, who lost to President Kenyatta in the last president election.