President Kenyatta has lashed out at leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto, accusing them of politicizing the recently launched Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and engaging in premature 2022 succession politics.
Kenyatta, who spoke on Wednesday in Gatundu North during the launch of St Francis Mang’u Health Centre constructed by the Japanese Embassy in partnership with the Catholic Church at a cost of Sh8.9 million, said the leaders were only championing for their own selfish interests.
He added that the same politicians who are giving conditions on implementation of the BBI report were the same ones who traversed the country before its release, vowing to reject its recommendations.
“There comes a point where we say enough is enough and we are tired! Before we released the report, they were all over for a month lecturing us about things. Now the report is out and they have taken another direction. These are people who do not know where they are headed,” a seemingly furious Kenyatta said.
“Let them not come here and lecture you on what to do. You are not foolish and let them not take you for fools. Let no one tell you what to do. Read the report for yourselves and decide what you want.”
“I always say that my happiness is to see that people have voted and have gone to their homes without being worried that their property will be burnt or they will be slashed with a panga… not worried where their children are because it is election day. You need to vote and go home and hopefully, your wife has cooked chapatis, you eat with your children and wait for the results. Don’t you want peace? Don’t you want unity?” he asked area residents.
Kenyatta said the leaders should not mistake his silence for stupidity, adding that only God and Kenyans will decide who will succeed him in 2022.
“When the day comes, only God and you the voters will decide who will be elected. Let them stop bothering us. Read the BBI report and let’s unite this country.”
“They see me silent and think ‘he is just there and knows nothing’. There is nothing I do not know and when the time comes, I know those who speak and they are not those who are speaking now. When the time comes, we will come and we will speak to you about what we will do. Mwaka mpya, we are with you. Let’s just first listen to their lectures. We are with you,” he said.