Transcript Of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Statement On The Supreme Court Decision

On August 16, 2018 In Statements and Speeches

Good afternoon, Fellow Kenyans, Let me begin by wishing you a great afternoon. The second, which is the most important, let me ask every single Kenyan, wherever they may be, whatever they may be doing, whoever they may be with: take the hand of your brother, take the hand of your sister and shake it and say amani, peace, peace, and I repeat again, peace. Your neighbour will still be your neighbour, regardless of whatever has happened. The man and woman who sits with you – who resides next to you – shall still be your neighbour, regardless of their political affiliation, regardless of their religion, regardless of their colour, regardless of their tribe. My primary message today to every single Kenyan is peace. Let us be people of peace. Secondly, I take this opportunity also to say thank you to God because it is God who has brought us thus far. It is God who has made us a people; it is God that has enabled every single Kenyan to have moved from his or her home and peacefully – peacefully – stood in queues for many hours to make their choice. Let me on the third instance say that it is important for us as Kenyans to be respecters of the rule of law. I personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today, but I respect it as much as I disagree with it. I respect it – I disagree with it because, as I have said, millions of Kenyans queued and made their choice, and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people, despite the fact that you as Kenyans have decided and elected a majority of Jubilee governors; a majority of Jubilee senators; majority of Jubilee women representatives; a majority of Jubilee National Assembly representatives; a majority of Jubilee Members of County representatives, MCAs. The Court has made its decision; we respect it, we don’t agree with it – and again, fellow Kenyans, I say peace, because the fault is not yours, your neighbour remains your neighbour, and that is the person that is most important to you. We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda – no change – the same agenda that we delivered to the people: an agenda of unifying our country; an agenda of building a national party; an agenda to develop this nation. Tuko tayari, tuko tayari. Mine is to say that we are not at war with our brothers and sisters in the opposition because we are all Kenyans. Nyinyi mjipange, sisi tunajipanga, tuko tayari kurudi kwa debe kuongea na Wakenya, kuwaambia yale tunataka, na yale tunataka kutenda kwa wananchi wa Jamhuri yetu ya Kenya. Wenzetu, tafadhali wacheni ukabila, wacheni mtengano, uza sera zenu mshindane na zetu; wacha Wakenya waamue. Watu wachache, watano, wasita, hawawezi wabadilishe nia ya wananchi milioni arubaini, hawawezi, hawawezi. Wakenya ndio wataamua, and that is the nature of democracy. Kwa hivyo wenzangu, amani, amani, amani; ushike jirani yako mkono umwambie hii ni vita ya wale; sisi ni kitu kimoja. Sisi ni kitu kimoja, sisi ni jamii ambayo inaitwa Wakenya, na hivyo ndivyo itakuwa. Mungu aibariki taifa letu, Mungu ailinde nchi yetu na mimi namshukuru ndugu yangu hapa; ako tayari, ameniambia yeye yuko tayari kurudi uwanjani … na tutaendelea lakini haja kubwa [ni] amani, amani, amani. Mungu aibariki, Mungu ailinde taifa letu. Asanteni sana, (applause…)

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