As a result of the country’s post-election political split, President Uhuru Kenyatta now claims that 2017 was one of his worst and most challenging years.
On the one hand, there were people who were celebrating the Jubilee Party’s victory, while on the other, there were those who were demonstrating at Uhuru Park.
He added, “It was also my most challenging moment.”
He claimed that this prompted his meeting with Raila Odinga, the head of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), in 2018, with the goal of securing Kenya’s stability.
The President said he sought advice from a number of people before reaching out to Odinga, and he praised the ODM leader for accepting to the ‘handshake.’
“A lot of what we have been able to achieve has been as a result of peace. What we call the intangible that creates an atmosphere that allows work to happen,” stated the Head of State.
The President spoke at State House Nairobi during a meeting with over 3,000 young leaders convened by the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth to review the progress of youth empowerment initiatives and affirmative action programmes.
As the country prepares for this year’s election, President Kenyatta advised the youth to choose leaders who value their future and not those that are using them as a ladder for selfish wins.
He encouraged the youth to be strategic in their desire to ascend to positions of leadership saying young people should actively engage with the ongoing electoral processes.
“You must ensure you are fully involved in the political processes. It is the only way to guarantee opportunities and space to drive your agenda in the next administration,” he said.