Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyans not to abandon the ideals of the founding fathers of the nation.
He said the country was built on principles of unity, patriotism and selflessness.
"For us to succeed we must pull together and we must unite. Yes, we are a democratic society entitled to our different opinions but we should not allow those differences to tear the nation apart," said the President.
The President, who spoke during the 36thcommemoration of Founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's death, called on Kenyans to be patriotic.
"We are celebrating sacrifices which he and others made for us to be a nation. Were it not for their sacrifices, Kenya would not be what it is today," he said.
He said Kenya has managed to remain a united and stable nation because of the values inherited from its founders.
"You look at this continent and you see many nations in turmoil, but we have been an island of peace and a beacon of hope to many," he said.
Deputy President William Ruto said it was the foresight and sacrifices of the founding fathers that ensured stability of Kenya.
He said the current crop of leaders and Kenyans in general have an opportunity to lay a foundation of a country free from corruption, hatred, division and ethnicity.
The Deputy President said the founding father and other leaders joined hands and a laid a firm foundation which has seen the country stand firm for the last fifty years.
"Today is important to us, as we are a mirror of what we want to be. We will lay a foundation under your leadership which will usher in a new Kenya free of ethnicity, hatred and division," said the Deputy President.
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa Rt. Reverend David Riitho Gathanju urged Kenyans to work hard and achieve the desired goals of our founding fathers of a prosperous nation for all.
"The onus is on all of us to make Kenya a better place for our children and all generations to come," added Rev. Gathanju.
Earlier, the President Kenyatta led family members and other dignitaries in laying a wreath at Mzee Kenyatta's Mausoleum at Parliament buildings.