Raila defends Uhuru’s call for rotational presidency

Raila defends Uhuru’s call for rotational presidency

ODM leader Raila Odinga has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sentiment that it is probably time for a different tribe to lead Kenya.

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Speaking at his Karen home on Monday, the former Prime Minister said there is nothing wrong with having a ‘rotational presidency’ as countries like Switzerland have succeeded at it.

“Leadership positions are not awarded, leaders are chosen by Kenyans, if you say you are tired of I don’t know… a dynasty, you are free to seek mandate from the people, let us respect each other as it is the only way to build a strong country,” he said.

He maintained that there was nothing wrong with what the president said and reiterated that the historical challenges will be solved through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

His sentiments come a day after President Kenyatta lashed out at the proponents of the hustler vs dynasty politics.

The President said that if that is the case, Kenyans should also elect a president from another tribe since only two tribes have succeeded to lead the coutry since independence.

His remarks attracted the ire of the Ruto camp with the Deputy President saying focus should be on ideologies and not tribe.

Speaking in Kayole on Sunday, DP Ruto said tribal politics will take Kenya backwards, saying leaders should be elected based on their ideologies instead.

“We cannot go back to tribal politics, we can only move forward if leaders stop seeking leadership positions based on their tribes, and instead focus on ideologies “DP Ruto said.

The DP said that he supported President Uhuru in 2013 although he had been preceded to the presidency by Mwai Kibaki.