Elders urge politicians to dial down the heat amid shake-ups in parties

By KNA On Sun, 31 May, 2020 17:38 | < 1 min read
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju. Photo/Courtesy
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju. Photo/Courtesy

The National Council of elders Chairman Phares Ruteere has called on political leaders to exercise restraint amid the ongoing changes in various political parties for the sake of national unity. 

Mr. Ruteere said that the desert locust invasion and the Covid-19 pandemic posed serious economic challenges and food insecurity and warned that the situation needs a concerted approach so as to overcome.

He said that divisive politics especially the turbulence within Jubilee and other parties in the country should not be given the prominence being witnessed at the expense of the prevailing pandemic and locust menace.

The elder said that party politics should not be allowed to negatively affect President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda and war on graft.

Ruteere noted that some politicians within the ruling party have negatively exploited the freedom of expression to demean the Head of State and his deputy, adding that they ought to first reflect on the type of problem the country was facing before the ‘famous Handshake’ that somehow brought healing from 2017 General Election.  

On the issue of political parties and whipping, the National Council of elders’ chair observed that party constitutions should be adhered to and that those seen to be of contrary opinion be given an opportunity to express their democratic rights. 

He appealed to President Kenyatta to invoke his powers as the symbol of National Unity and come up with proposals on how his leadership will overcome the puzzle of discord to enable him to deliver on his legacy.

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