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Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 16:08 EAT
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka today shared the podium with President Uhuru Kenyatta during the seventh Mashujaa Day events held in Machakos. The two former allies who went separate ways in the 2013 presidential elections spoke respectfully of each other, but Mr Musyoka said the president's "fishing expeditions" in Ukambani would come to nought.
"Mheshimiwa Rais, don't be surprised by those Wiper defectors who joined Jubilee, nimekukabidhi hao roho safi. Lakini lazima nikuambie ukweli, wote wataenda nyumbani saa mbili asubuhi," said Mr Musyoka, who pointed out the Ukambani still remained a Wiper Party stronghold.
Machakos Town came to life as it hosted President Uhuru and thousands of other Kenyans who turned up for the event which was hosted out of Nairobi for the first time. And to domesticate the event, entertainment was done by the local primary school pupils as well as musicians and dancers from the Kamba community, with the master of ceremony being comedian Gideon Ndambuki, aka Churchill.
President Uhuru led the celebrations at the Kenyatta Stadium in a ceremony that was also attended by opposition leaders Musyoka and Moses Wetangula. In his speech, the President called on Kenyans to teach the young generation about the country's historical struggles and the heroes that had led the gallant fight on the people's behalf.
He identified the heroes as freedom fighters who delivered Kenya's independence and many in the post-colonial era who had strived to make the country better. "Let's all join efforts to teach the young generation about the past heroes and also to let them know that serving others is serving yourself," said President Uhuru.
Mr Uhuru further lamented: "It is bitter to see that we are still divided along ethnic lines we should all focus on unity, cohesion and prosperity because those heroes we are celebrating embarked on these factors," added Uhuru.
He cautioned Kenyans on how to identify heroes: "We should be careful who we choose as heroes, if one does not offer service to the nation or the community, then he or she is not a shujaa, a shujaa is someone who offers service both to the nation and the community," he said. He further called on Kenyans to be peaceful as the 2017 general elections, which will be the second under the new constitution, approach.
He called on leaders to disagree politically but remain as one as this would make Kenya strong. "Let us be calm as we head to elections, we should disagree politically but remain as one as this will make Kenya strong and give us a good image," he said. The President pointed out that the state had freed seven thousand inmates who were serving jail terms for petty offences.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press