President Kenyatta has continued to urge Kenyans to rally behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Kenyatta insisted that BBI, which will culminate in a referendum to introduce changes to the 2010 Constitution, will provide solutions to some of the problems stopping the country from making meaningful progress.
“I appeal to all within our nation to unshackle our nationhood from the bondage of fear; and to boldly seize this moment of hope. It is time to embrace hope,” said Kenyatta.
He termed the historic March 2018 handshake between him and opposition leader Raila Odinga as a temporary solution to a long-term search.
“The ‘handshake’ was a temporary solution to a long-term search. Our joint intention was to have BBI provide us with a roadmap to a long-term solution. And even then, this solution was not to become an end in itself. It was meant to be a continuous work-in-progress,” Uhuru added.
Kenyatta, who spoke during the 57th Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday, added that the handshake was biblically inspired and opined that it will become “our new normal.”
“More so, because at the core of the handshake were the words of Prophet Isaiah when he declared: “…Come, let us reason together!” This mantra of rivals reconciling and reasoning together in the interest of the nation, is what led to BBI,” said Kenyatta.
“And if this ‘handshake’ endures, I anticipate it will become our new normal and many future BBIs and ‘handshakes’ will continue to refine our nationhood and ensure that we dwell in unity, peace, and liberty.”