By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared that his leader is Raila Odinga and not incoming President William Ruto.
Uhuru’s remarks are coming a few days after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld Ruto’s win and dismissed the ODM leader’s petition that challenged the win.
Addressing the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Parliamentary Group meeting at Masai Lodge, Kajiado County, the Head of State assured of a smooth transition.
“I will hand over power smiling because it’s my Constitutional duty, but my leader is Baba, Raila Odinga,” he said. At the same time, the President said Kenyans denied themselves a chance to foster unity in the country by failing to vote in the Azimio leader for the top seat.
President Kenyatta said the people who thought they were punishing him by voting against Odinga will regret it in future.
“You think you have denied me, but you have denied yourself that opportunity of bringing this country together. Msiwekwe kwa mfuko,” he said,
“I’m not saying this because I hate anybody; I want us to show each other what really we are in Azimio,” he added.
The President cautioned Azimio MPs and senators against being bribed ahead of today’s election of the Speakers of Parliament.
“Do not allow yourself to be bought. Ukinunuliwa (when you agree to be bought) you will regret it. It’s time to show whether you will be bought at a price of Sh5, or stand with 50 million Kenyans,” he said.
The retiring Head of State, who is the chairman of Azimio, asked the leaders to remain loyal and resilient so that they can oversight the new administration.
According to sources who attended the closed-door meeting, the President said Parliament was the last line of defence in protecting the welfare of wananchi.
“The President implored us to remain united and use our strength in numbers to ensure everything is on track. The meeting also discussed how to mobilise their bases to remain united,” said an MP-elect from Western Kenya.
“Actually, the issue of remaining united as a coalition was one of the main agenda as well as how we can use our numbers to push through our Azimio dream for the country,” he noted
The meeting also reflected on their election loss, with the President admitting that some of his advisers may have let him down.