President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, October 20, presided over Kenya’s 53rd Mashujaa Day celebrations, which were held at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.
During the start of his formal speech a few minutes past 1pm, the Head of State bantered that he looks into the welfare of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, who was present at the ceremony.
Kalonzo, who had been invited by Deputy President William Ruto to address the gathering, had urged the President to “take care” of politicians who, until decamping to Jubilee recently, had been affiliated to Wiper Party.
“Recently leaders inclined toward my party decamped to Jubilee, including the host Governor Dr Alfred Mutua. I hand them over to you (President Kenyatta). Kindly take good care of them. We will compete at the realm of ideas,” Kalonzo said.
President Kenyatta at the start of his speech responded to Kalonzo, saying: “Kalonzo, hata wewe pia ni wangu. (So, I look into your welfare like I would with the Wiper politicians who decamped to Jubilee).”
Kalonzo also took the opportunity to send congratulatory message to newly appointed Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga.
“Allow me to congratulate my classmate Justice Maraga for having been appointed as Kenya’s new Chief Justice,” said Kalonzo.
Kalonzo observed, unlike Jubilee that merged several political parties into one outfit last month, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) remains an outfit of affiliate parties.
“We haven’t merged parties. Ford Kenya, ODM and Wiper remain independent,” he said, urging politicians to unite Kenyans ahead of 2017 general election: “We (leaders) are brothers; we don’t harbour enmity between us.”
Kalonzo’s sentiments were echoed by President Uhuru Kenyatta who called on Kenyans to integrate beyond tribe, race, economic status and religion.
The President, in his speech, revealed that over 7000 petty offense inmates have been released to decongest jail facilities.