President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged fellow political leaders to exercise the kind of humility, patience and respect the late retired president Daniel arap Moi accorded everybody around him regardless of social standing.
President Kenyatta spoke in Kabarak where he joined family and friends at the remembrance service to mark one year since Mzee Moi passed on.
The Head of State remembered the late Mzee Moi as a man of “great strength of character and great patience”, traits he wished upon the leaders of today.
He expressed great concern for the future of the country saying the current crop of political leaders is filled with arrogance and impatience.
“Mzee Moi was a man who had great strength of character, great patience. Mzee Moi had that strength that comes from humility; he respected everybody. Alikuwa na marafiki katika viwango mbalimbali kwa maisha. He knew people at all levels of society. Moi was a father to this country, he was a father to many of us. And the one thing I would want to remind people today ni kwamba heshima si utumwa,” he said.
“Mzee Moi alikuwa mtu wa heshima; alitumikia mzee wangu miaka kumi na saba kwa heshima kubwa sana mpaka wakati wake ukafika. Akaendelea kuongoza Wakenya kwa heshima kwa miaka ishirini na nne, na akawacha na heshima. Akakuwa na heshima na yule ambaye alimfuatialia, ata kama hakuwa choice yake, akakuwa na heshima na Mzee Mwai Kibaki.”
President Kenyatta added: “Wakati mimi nilichukua usukani mwaka wa 2013, nilikuwa na shida sana kuja hapa kwa sababu mzee lazima nikiingia asimame aseme ‘karibu mheshimiwa rais.’ Sasa mimi namwambia ‘Mzee keti’ anasema ‘hapana, siwezi, hivyo sivyo mambo inaenda. Sasa wewe ndio uko na serikali, wewe ndio kiongozi, ata mimi lazima nikuheshimu.’”
He further urged leaders to stop thirsting for political positions that are still occupied, telling them to respect their masters and wait for their own turns.
“Wenzangu, uongozi mtapata, hamna shida, lakini tafadhali tafuteni heshima na wenzenu, tuishi kwa heshima. The arrogance that we see in today’s leadership raises many questions as to the future of this country,” he stated.
“I would plead with all my fellow leaders, hakuna mtu mkubwa ama mdogo kushinda mwenzake, hakuna mtu ambaye hana nafasi ya cheo kwa sababu hiyo nafasi inapeanwa na Mwenyezi Mungu kupitia wananchi. Kwa hivo ata ukitukana nani namna gani, ata ukiwa na hasira ya aina gani, hiyo haitasaidia. Lakini heshima na unyenyekevu na utulivu wako, Mwenyezi Mungu atakuonea.”
President Kenyatta also remembered the late Moi as a father-figure to the nation and to him personally, not only politically but also in life in general.
He credited Moi with moulding him as a child, all the way from his schooling days right until his journey into State House, adding that he would not be occupying the country’s top job today were it not for Moi.