The National Council of elders has urged politicians to desist from preaching divisive politics as they campaign for the building bridges initiative (BBI) report recently launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The council’s chairman Phares Rutere, patron Kung’u Muigai said that the Country will only witness progress if leaders embrace a united front and stop tribal politics.
Mr. Rutere urged all political players holding various positions on the BBI to conduct themselves peacefully and with decorum as they exercise their constitutional rights.
“We remind Kenyans that BBI report belongs to all Kenyans and they must read and understand it to enable them to make an informed decision,” he said.
He added that they will continue uniting Kenyans through various peace initiatives.
Patron Kung’u Muigai who is a cousin to president Uhuru Kenyatta said that this is the right time for community leaders to come together and preach unity and politics of prosperity.
He said they will fully support the head of state Uhuru Kenyatta noting that they aren’t in any political camps but fronting the interest of all Kenyans.
“We appreciate what Uhuru Kenyatta is doing and we are fully behind him in his mission to unite Kenyans,” He said adding that they will support his aspirations and agenda for the Country.
Kikuyu Council of elders national chairman Kimani Maigua also echoed Kung’u sentiment noting that Kenyans should not be misled by politicians.
“We know the BBI report is good and that why we are supporting it, Kenyans should read and understand it,” he said.
He warned politicians of spreading hatred as they campaign for the BBI.
“The BBI report should not divide us along the ethnic line, we should embrace the handshake to enhance economic, political, and religious scope in Kenya,’ He said.
Maj. John Seii who is a member of the BBI taskforce and Deputy Chairman of National Council of Elders denied media reports that the team was ambushed to append signature on the final draft.
“The BBI document is good and we fully support it, the only problem is that we were not given chance to read the final document,” he said.
In conclusion, the elders urged Kenyans to adhere to set standards by the ministry of health on the COVID-19 pandemic.