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Monday, 19 Sep 2016 20:44 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Even before the dust settles on his controversial remark that he and his Jubilee allies were happily feasting on meat as desperate opposition leaders watch and salivate, President Uhuru Kenyatta led a number of his Jubilee allies to a meat-eating session this afternoon.
The event, reported by the president's press service no less, was also Uhuru's first public appearance since he made the now famous meat-eating remarks at former cabinet minister William ole Ntimama's funeral in Narok County last Wednesday. It would appear that those Kenyans who had taken the president's message figuratively were mistaken after all.
Below is the unedited official report of the president's events today-
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Jubilee aspirants for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat to work together to deliver the position to their party, and to let residents decide who amongst them will lead the city.
Speaking today when he made an impromptu tour of the county, President Kenyatta said Jubilee leaders should agree to support whoever the residents will pick as their candidate for the Governor’s position during the nomination.
“Whether they pick Margaret Wanjiru, Mike Sonko, Johnson Sakaja or any other candidate for the Jubilee ticket, we will have to respect the people’s decision,” President Kenyatta said.
The President asked the Jubilee aspirants for the Nairobi county top seat to unite and focus on winning the position in line with the party’s spirit of unity and cooperation.
The Head of State emphasised the need for leaders to shun abusive politics and hatred, saying they should always work to serve the interests of the electorate.
“Let us put the interests of the electorate ahead of our own and stop unnecessary wrangles that would divide us,” President Kenyatta said when he addressed residents of Mlango Kubwa in Mathare constituency who turned out in large numbers to greet him.
The President also took a swipe at the opposition, saying they should keep off Jubilee affairs. “We know what we want for our party. The opposition should not interfere with our party affairs,” the President said.
The Head of State said Jubilee will remain focused on its development agenda and ensure that Kenyans continue receiving efficient and effective services.
President Kenyatta was accompanied by Mathare Member of Parliament Stephen Kariuki who recently decamped from ODM to join the Jubilee Party, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Nairobi Women Rep Rachel Shebesh, Starehe MP Maina Kamanda and Johnson Sakaja.
The President first visited Kenyatta Market where he shared nyama choma with Jubilee leaders and addressed traders. He later headed to Muthurwa Market where he also addressed traders. President Kenyatta concluded his impromptu tour by addressing people at Mlango Kubwa.
Mr Sakaja, Sonko and Shebesh – who spoke during the tour — vowed to work together to ensure Jubilee bags the Nairobi Governor’s seat, saying they will support whoever clinches the party ticket during the nomination.