- President was speaking in Vihiga County during the burial of Musalia Mudavadi’s mother.
- Only two tribes out of Kenya’s 42 have led the country since independence.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken an apparent swipe at his Deputy William Ruto, saying perhaps its time “for other communities to lead the nation.”
Speaking today in Vihiga County, during the burial of Mama Hannah Atsianzale, Uhuru said,
“Ata mimi naweza simama hapa na niseme kuna jamii tu mbili za Kenya ambazo zimetawala. Labda ni nafasi ya jamii nyengine pia kutawala. Jamii za Kenya ni mingi.” (Even I can stand here and say only two communities have led this country. May be its high time other communities also produced a President)
Kenyatta hails from the Kikuyu community. His father, founding President Jomo Kenyatta was also Kikuyu. He was replaced by Daniel Arap Moi (Kalenjin 1978-2003). Third President Mwai Kibaki (2003-2013) is Kikuyu.
Ruto, who seeks to replace Kenyatta in 2022 hails from Moi community.
“Politics should not be based on the tribal basis but on ideologies and sober agendas that can move this nation ahead,” President Kenyatta said, to an uproarious cheers from the mourners.
The late Hannah Atsianzale was mother to ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
The funeral, which was also attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and a host of politicians turned into a charged political rally.
President Uhuru defended the “handshake”, saying it was a precursor to BBI and was meant to unite Kenyans. “That’s where this BBI came from. We wanted to solve all these political problems once and for all,” he said.
The President also trained his guns on COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala who had challenged him to crack the whip in the ruling party.
“Brother Atwoli na wewe Senator Malala, msione simba amenyeshewa mkafikiria ni paka (Brother Atwoli and Senator Malala, a don’t mistake a drench lion for a pussycat)… I’m in charge of this government and I’m in control of what we are doing,” President Kenyatta said.