State House defends Uhuru’s angry remarks, insists there is no ‘Kieleweke’ or ‘Tangatanga’


State House defends Uhuru's angry remarks, insists there is no 'Kieleweke' or 'Tangatanga'
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo addresses a press conference on June 18, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary

  • Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo said President Kenyatta had – time and again – warned leaders against engaging in endless politics and to focus on development instead.
  • Mrs. Mararo added that the Head of State’s priority at this point in his second term is simply to unite Kenyans and better their lives.

State House has now come out to strongly defend remarks made by a visibly agitated President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday directed towards politicians concentrating on 2022 election campaigns.

Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo said President Kenyatta had – time and again – warned leaders against engaging in endless politics and to focus on development instead.

Kanze added that the Head of State’s priority at this point in his second term is simply to unite Kenyans and better their lives.

“His statement was very clear; that he is tired of endless politicking here and there yet it is not time for politics, it is time for development… and it is a time to ensure Kenyans come together to ensure there is peace in the country,” she said.

“And so what is to be expected is that the president will be launching various projects because he wants to see the betterment of lives for Kenyans.”

According to Kanze, the president’s Sunday remarks were as a result of continuously saying the same thing over a long period of time and not being taken seriously by a section of politicians.

“I think we all know that the president is very patient; he has endured for so long, urging leaders at every function to stop politicking and focus on development and unity,” she added.

“He said it once, twice, by the third time it had become a song. And, like they say in Physics, there is what is called an ‘elastic limit.’”

Kanze further dismissed claims by a section of politicians and the press about a division between President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

The State House Spokesperson dismissed the supposed presence of Team Kieleweke and Team Tangatanga camps saying the presidency is very much united.

“The propaganda is being spread by those who want to see to it that there is a division between the president and the deputy president,” she stated.

“I think even on Sunday you heard the deputy president saying he is development-minded and will continue overseeing development projects, and that those engaging in politics are doing so out of their own choice.”

Speaking at Kasarani Stadium during the 2019 Akorino Annual conference on Sunday, President Kenyatta gave politicians busy politicking a tongue lashing, referring to them as thugs.

“These thugs that we elected are busy politicking. They should not think I am their boy, they will not stop me from constructing roads. They didn’t look for votes on my behalf. I went looking for my votes. These rubbish should stop bothering me,” said Kenyatta.

Addressing the forum in his native Kikuyu language, President Kenyatta, took a swipe at a faction of the Jubilee Party seemingly allied towards DP Ruto saying he will not allow them to derail the government’s development agenda.

“If you are an elected leader go to the grassroots construct schools, install electricity for your people stop going round telling us how you shall rise to power. You will not go anywhere without these people,” said the President sparking cheers among the gathering.

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