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‘Leave me alone,’ Uhuru responds to critics

President Uhuru Kenyatta/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired back at a section of Jubilee leaders who have been critical of his administration’s development record in his home turf of Central Kenya.

Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, President Kenyatta condemned politicians accusing him of neglecting the Mt. Kenya region and said they should leave him alone so he can concentrate on building and uniting the country.

“I am not a person who is easily scared… Those going around playing petty politics I want to tell them this.

We will not launch development projects based on which region a leader comes from. We want all 45 million Kenyans to benefit, we want all corners of this country to grow,” said Kenyatta during the commissioning of the Mama Ngina waterfront regeneration project.

“We want a country where every single citizen is entitled to development regardless of where the leader comes from. Kwa hivyo hao washenzi waachane na mimi… (Let those stupid people leave me alone).”

He added: “We want a country where every Kenyan feels they are part of this nation.”

Uhuru was reacting to the recent attacks by Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, Gatundi South MP Moses Kuria and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

Kuria, who comes from the same county with the president, was the first to question how Uhuru’s presidency had benefited Mount Kenya region.

Addressing revelers at Thika Municipal Stadium on Monday, December 31, the outspoken Gatundu South lawmaker claimed the Kikuyu nation had been turned into a voting machine by politicians who later consider other regions for development.

“Mimi nataka kusema hivi, tukifungua mwaka wa 2019 nyinyi mfikirie sana. Sisi mambo yetu ni kupiga kura, baada ya kupiga kura maendeleo tunapatiana kwingine,” said the outspoken legislator in a clip dated December 31, 2018.

( Loosely translated-This is what I want to say, as we usher in 2019 we must think very seriously. Our job is to vote, and then afterwards development goes to other areas. )

Bahati MP Ngunjiri questioned Uhuru’s presidency and even dared him to resign if he was tired of leadership.

Ngunjiri mostly took issues with the president for staying mute as his ally David Murathe, former Jubilee party vice chairman, scathingly attacked his deputy, William Ruto , and repeatedly threatened to block the DP’s 2022 presidential bid at all cost.

Addressing the press on Sunday, January 06, in Nakuru, Ngunjiri accused the president of sowing seeds of discord between Kikuyus and other communities, arguing it was him who started trouble by promising Ruto the presidency.

“It is Uhuru who said we will support Ruto for the presidency in 2022. He is also the one who encouraged us (Kikuyus) to insult Raila and Luos. He ignited this fire and now he must put it off,” Ngunjiri ranted.

Senator Linturi added his voice to the political storm that was already brewing in the ruling Jubilee party by claiming Uhuru had chosen to dump his deputy after using him to clinch the presidency.

According to Linturi, the president had left his right-hand man to fight political battles alone despite the DP having stood by him both in 2013 and 2017.

“When we were hunting, Honourable Uhuru used to call William Ruto my brother and promised him he will also help him once he serves his ten years as a president,” Linturi told Meru residents on Sunday, January 6.