Former President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday graced the opening of the 3rd Ministerial performance review retreat at Nigeria’s Presidential Villa in Abuja. Uhuru was accompanied by ex-Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i and former State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita.
Uhuru Kenyatta On Working with Raila Odinga.
And to me, I took my opponent and incorporated it. We used to do things. The reason we’re doing this sport, I explain. I take him through. I put him on my plate.
Come, I assure you. Tell me what’s wrong with this. Before you oppose, let’s go and see this health facility. Let’s go and see the new shipbuilding yard. Let’s go and see these rows being constructed.
What problem do you have with him? He ended up having no problem and I ended up having no problem. We moved together and we had peace. And that peace helped us drive the momentum of change and transformation and delivery much faster. And that is something some will criticize.
Some of my own party criticized me for it, saying that I was abandoning the party. But I told them the party cannot be greater than the people and the nation of Kenya. It cannot be.
And I have no regrets about that decision. And I do believe it is that decision that we took of putting the country first that allowed us to go through a peaceful transition that allowed us to go through an election for the first time in 25 years that was nonviolent. The first time where we allowed institutions to take their role and their play. And throughout that whole process, we were very clear. And we prepared, especially our civil servants, especially our security agency, and our actors that they must be ready to serve those who will come through as the people’s will.
So well. Before I had left off we had already prepared the framework for a proper rollout a smooth handover and a smooth transition even before we knew who the president would be.
And I do believe it is that sense of continuity. It is that early planning. It is that ability to realize that no individual is greater than his or her country that will allow this continent to succeed. It is our ability to build on the past. Not to dismantle and rebuild again dismantle and rebuild but to continue laying layer after layer that will make this continent the economic, and political powerhouse that it should be as we move forward.