A section of prominent leaders from Mt Kenya have reacted after President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed not to hand over power to a thief upon his retirement.
In a rally on Wednesday evening in Nairobi, the President said he was determined to ensure his successor will not be a person linked to corruption scandals.
He rubbished claims he was planning to hold on saying he was ready to head to retirement by August 2022, but pledged to make sure the next President will not be a thief and will continue uniting Kenyans.
The remarks did not sit well with some elected leaders from Mt Kenya who mocked Uhuru saying it was not him but voters who will choose who takes over from him.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika. [Source/Kihika]
Outspoken Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika told off the President saying Kenya's fifth head of state will be determined at the ballot and not by the incumbent.
She accused Uhuru of holding grudges against some unknown people adding they will come to an end when he realises his role in the next polls is very minimal.
"Unfortunately for Uhuru and FORTUNATELY for Kenyans he doesn’t get to decide who he hands over to. The PEOPLE of KENYA decide based on their votes who it’s handed over to! He doesn’t get to decide for Kenyans perhaps the day this will sink in Makasiriko itaisha!" Kihika tweeted.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa. [Source/Ichung'wa]
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa took issue with Uhuru's call for support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) on grounds it will bring equity and equality in the country.
The President asked Nairobi residents to support the BBI noting it will add more constituencies in the capital and ensure they get more funds from the national kitty.
President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Source/State House Kenya]
"A child in Mathare gets a bursary of Sh 500 which can't educate him up to university but in other counties some get up to Sh100,000. BBI is not meant to help Uhuru or Raila, if is for your own benefit as citizens," he said.
Ichung'wa dismissed the remarks saying Uhuru had mismanaged the economy, which he noted was doing well during the regime of retired President Mwai Kibaki, saying that was the reason many parents were unable to educate their children.
"President Kibaki created an environment for Kenyans 2 make money, the Economy grew, jobs created. Kenyans afforded to educate their kids. Now we are being told 2 fight over who is poorer than who to share bursary to educate our kids! It’s the Economy NOT BBI," the Kikuyu MP said.
Kihika and Ichung'wa are fierce critics of the President and close allies of Deputy President William Ruto.
DP Ruto and Kihika. [Source/Kihika]
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