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What if Raila was injured in that attack? Kenya would have been on fire right now – Uhuru

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 17:11 | By
President Uhuru condemn incident where Raila Odinga was attacked by youths in Uasin Gishu county. PHOTO/File

President Uhuru Kenyatta has come out to ask Kenyans to remain peaceful as political temperatures start to rise in the country ahead of the August general elections.

Speaking at a church service in AIC Pipeline in Nairobi, President Uhuru urged Kenyans to remain tolerant regardless of their political affiliations.

The Head of State said that citizens have no reason to turn against each other because of reigning politics and should instead embrace the democratic space in the country.

According to him, the polls are periodical and should not be treated as a matter of life and death which in turn can cause chaos in the country.

"Sometimes some of us behave as if the election is a matter of life and death. We have always had elections in every five years since independence and just like the previous ones this one too will come and go," President Kenyatta said.

Reacting to an incident where ODM leader Raila Odinga and his colleagues in the Azimio la Umoja were attacked by youths in Uasin Gishu, Uhuru said Kenyans should not attack each other because of political reasons.

Uhuru said that the incident was so unfortunate and would have led to a crisis if Raila could have been injured.

"What if Raila was injured in that attack? Kenya would have been on fire right now and that is not what we want," he said.

He further urged politicians to embrace mature politics and desist from inciting the youths against attacking their opponents during their campaigns.

"You saw what happened at my home in Gatundu. They insulted me at my doorstep but I chose to be silent about it," he said.

The President further noted that the country is for everyone and should not be divided because of the elections.

"So ask ourselves, if you take a stone or a machete to go hurt your friend instead of waiting for the next five years to elect your leader of choice, then you have lost direction. The decision as to whom shall lead us from MCA to the president, as much as it is our responsibility as citizens, it is also God's will because he speaks through us," he said.

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