Capital FM (Nairobi)

11 November 2012

Kenya: Raila Heaps Praise On Kibaki's Legacy

Chogoria — Prime Minister Raila Odinga has paid tribute to President Mwai Kibaki for his exemplary stewardship of the country saying the President leaves behind a rich legacy when he retires in March.

The Prime Minister recalled his working relations with the President during the last five years in the coalition government, noting they have been able to surmount many difficulties together for the good of the country.

"This was especially evident when we signed a peace deal that brought peace to the country during the 2008 post election violence,"he said.

Noting that the President had given the best of his service to the country spanning over 50 years, the PM expressed his desire to see the President enjoy his life in retirement.

Odinga was speaking on Sunday at the Chogoria PCEA church in Meru county where he joined faithfuls for a Sunday service that also marked the church's 90 anniversary.

Noting that the country was once again faced with another opportunity to elect a new government, Odinga called on Kenyans to elect well tested leaders who will steer Kenya to prosperity irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds.

Once again Odinga dismissed talk that he held a grudge against the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru communities saying that for many years he has had a good working relation with leaders from that community including President Kibaki whom he endorsed for Presidency in 2002.

"What wrong have members of the Kikuyu,Embu and Meru communities done to me that will make me take revenge on them as said by those spreading the propaganda?" he posed.

Saying such talk was a threat to national cohesion, Odinga said Kenyans should avoid actions and talk that will breed enmity between different communities.

Noting that the President had given the best of his service to the country spanning over 50 years, the PM expressed his desire to see the President enjoy his life in retirement.

"The 2008 post election violence should serve as a lesson to all of us Kenyans who should treasure peace and vow never to go that way again," he added.

He said he was prepared to work with anybody in bringing about the changes Kenyans desire adding the country takes precedence over individual desires and ambitions.

The Prime Minister said; "All Kenyans must be afforded the basic rights including good shelter, work, and health among others as envisaged by the founding fathers of this nation."

PM Press Service.

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