President Uhuru Kenyatta emulated the late former President Daniel arap Moi in asking for forgiveness during the National Prayer Day at State House in Nairobi on Saturday, October 10.
A video seen by 254news.co.ke revealed that President Kenyatta copied the sentiments of President Moi in apologising to Kenyans for any wrongdoing.
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In his short speech in the event attended this time by Deputy President William Ruto, President Kenyatta admitted that a speech did not cross his mind.
He was the only politician to speak at the event and other leaders at the event including DP Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi did not get a chance to deliver remarks.
“I thought we had a deal that the function would end in a word of prayer and that there would be no speeches. This is not my day, this is a day we decided to dedicate this nation to God,” the head of state started.
He revealed the theme of the day was thanksgiving and repentance and in that note, issued an apology to his adversaries.
“If there’s anyone that I have offended, I apologize and to those who have offended me, I forgive you,” he stated to the applause of the audience.
The statement evoked memories of the late President Daniel Moi who gave a similar speech during his last Jamhuri Day speech in 2002.
“If you abused me, I forgive you and forgive me if I hurt you,” declared the visibly remorseful Moi as he knew his political sunset was coming.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech is expected to be put under a lot of scrutiny by political analysts and politicians alike.
Still, seeking forgiveness particularly from Kenyans is neither a cheap affair nor a simple one, considering how much wrong they have witnessed upon them from time immemorial.
Many Kenyans have endured endless suffering at the hands of President Kenyatta’s administration and the actions or inactions it has undertaken for the sake of the country, thus forgiveness, though acceptable takes time to enact.
In recent weeks, trouble has been brewing in Jubilee Party and rifts between the President’s camp and DP William Ruto’s allies have been laid bare for all to see. Ruto’s diehards have accused the Head of State and his team of locking out the DP in important issues, leading to Ruto’s no show during the National COVID-19 Conference a week ago.
They argued that the DP has been kept on the sidelines for way too long so his absence should not have come as a surprise.
In his speech, President Kenyatta also took time to thank medics for their efforts in combating Coronavirus, admitting it has been a challenging period. “This is a day that we have agreed to dedicate our nation to God. We have undergone serious challenges, we may have won a number of battles, but the war is yet to be won. We need to continue to ask our creator to stand with us.
“I thank all our health workers and essential service providers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during this most difficult time,” he praised.
“Kama kuna mtu mimi nimefanyia makosa, naomba msamaha. Kama kuna mmoja wenu ambaye amenikosea, mimi nimemsamehe. Hiyo ndio njia pekee ya kusonga na kuendelea mbele…” – President Uhuru Kenyatta pic.twitter.com/KjSbvC53Gq
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) October 10, 2020
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