Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed he will attend the swearing-in ceremony of President William Ruto next Tuesday.
Speaking Wednesday, Uhuru said he will hand over the instruments of power to his former friend turned foe with a smile on his face.
The outgoing Head of State said he will respect the transfer of power because it is one of the most important processes in Kenya’s democracy. Uhuru noted that peaceful transfer of power is the ultimate expression of the rule of law and of a society governed by the law and not by individual rulers.
“You have denied yourself the opportunity of bringing the country together. You haven’t denied Raila. Mimi, I will hand over power smiling because it is constitutional. Aluta continua. Mimi nitaenda nihand over lakini kiongozi wangu ndio huyu hapa,” the president said when he met Azimio politicians for a Parliamentary Group meeting at Maasai lodge, Kajiado.
Uhuru Kenyatta urged the newly-elected Azimio leaders to band together and back candidates nominated for House Speaker by the party.
“I want you to stand together and resist attempts of being bought. Kesho nataka kuona kama mko Azimio kwa sababu mlikuja mkasema tuko Azimio. Kama ulichaguliwa na Azimio, simama na Azimio,” Citizen TV quoted Uhuru as saying.
Uhuru lauded former Speaker Kenneth Marende and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka as worthy candidates for the positions of National Assembly and Senate Speaker respectively.
MPs and Senators are expected to elect their respective House Speakers today.
“Kesho tunakazi, Leo ni kupanga. Marende cares for members’ welfare and Kalonzo, if justice had been done, he would have been a very good chief minister, he will be a very good representative of our agenda in the Senate,” Uhuru said.