President Uhuru Kenyatta today said he will not allow a few individuals who are out to satisfy their selfish political ambition to destroy Kenya.
The President said Kenya is a country governed by the Constitution and the rule of law that every Kenyan has a duty to abide by irrespective of their station in society.
“We cannot allow a few people to destroy the country. We have a Constitution and we are a nation that is governed by laws. We must all abide by them,” President Kenyatta said.
The President added: “We demand that we must continue to be a nation that is guided by the Constitution and that lives within the rule of law.”
President Kenyatta was speaking during a funeral service at Kagumo High School in Nyeri where he led thousands of mourners from across the country in paying tribute to the late Governor Patrick Wahome Gakuru. President Kenyatta described Gakuru as a patriotic leader who was a true servant of the people.
“We want to be people who abide by the law. As President, I followed the law even when I felt I had been wronged. Others must also abide by the law and the Constitution,” President Kenyatta said.
The funeral service was presided over by Rev. Julius Mwamba, the moderator of the 21st General assembly of the PCEA church, who also delivered the sermon.
Speaking at the funeral service, Deputy President William Ruto castigated the opposition, saying they will not succeed in their political agenda to grab power through violence, chaos and divisive politics.
“Those who think they can use intimidation, chaos and violence to further their political agenda will not succeed. They will actually fail and fail miserably,” the Deputy President said.
He added: “We will not, we will never succumb to intimidation, violence or blackmail.”
The DP pointed out that leadership through violence, fighting, division and hatred cannot make anyone achieve anything of importance, saying what can give one opportunity to ascend to power is by embracing progressive policies, and walking together with the people of Kenya.
“Kenya is a country that belongs to God. And we believe in the Constitution of our country. The whims of any person or any group of people will not change the dictates of the Constitution of Kenya. Kenya will never be a country of chaos,” Deputy President Ruto said.
President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto said the Government will be firm in enforcing the law to ensure the lives of Kenyans and their property are safeguarded.
Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale and his senate counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen condemned the violence instigated by the opposition in Nairobi yesterday, saying it was not a welcoming ceremony but an opportunity for the opposition to perpetrate anarchy.
Nyeri leaders, including Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Senator Emphraim Maina and Mweiga MP Kanini Kega, committed to unite in delivering the transformative vision the late Governor Gakuru had for Nyeri county.
Former President Mwai Kibaki, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, the Deputy President’s wife, Rachel Ruto, 24 Governors and over 20 MPs were among dignitaries who attended the late Governor Gakuru’s funeral in Nyeri.
Dr Gakuru, the 51 year old leader who was laid to rest at his rural home in Kirichu, Nyeri County, is survived by his wife, Catherine Karemu and three boys – Wangai Gakuru, Mugambi Mwenda and Maina Kimathi.