Uhuru turns 61 with a birthday wish of peace
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrated his 61st birthday yesterday with a message of forgiveness to whoever he may have offended.
“I want to thank God for the peace that is prevailing in our country. I am also asking for forgiveness for those we may have spoken bad of, and the ones who spoke badly of others,” Uhuru said when he led prayers at an undisclosed location in a clip appearing on social media platforms.
The former President has largely remained silent since he handed over power after 10 years to William Ruto a month ago. He has only been seen on holiday at the Maasai Mara game park, where he also presented a bus to a local school.
In the latest clip, Uhuru urges Kenyans to shun tribalism, maintain peace and unity, and love one another.“Nawaomba Wakenya wenzangu, tusiongozwe na ukabila wala chuki na badala yake tuendelee kuishi pamoja kama mandugu,” (I beseech fellow Kenyans not to be led by politics of tribalism or hatred, but to continue co-existing as brothers and sisters).
In the run-up to the August 9 elections, Uhuru supported Raila Odinga — the presidential candidate of Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition and former Prime Minister — who lost to Ruto in a hotly-contested race. Subsequently, Uhuru was named peace ambassador to the wider Horn of Africa region.
He has, also, not been seen in his Ichaweri rural home in Gatundu South Constituency, Kiambu County, since then.