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President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday urged Kenyans to unite, saying the country needs all its people to develop.
Uhuru, who spoke at St Anthony Catholic Cathedral in Malindi where he joined worshippers for Sunday Mass, said every Kenyan has a role to play in nation building.
“All of us, big or small, have a role (in nation building). We have the responsibility to use our positions to assist others. That’s the language of all of us in the government,” he said.
“This country needs all of us. And if we come together and everybody carries out their responsibilities wherever they are, I have no doubt that in a short time, we will have a country that each one of us is proud of. That’s our objective,” he added.
Uhuru said he was in the region to inspect ongoing development projects in Kilifi and Lamu counties among them the roads from Malindi to Sala Gate and Garsen to Lamu as well as the Lamu Port.
“These projects will in the end help all of us to improve our economy. These are job opportunities for our youth. The projects will help us improve our security,” he said.
“And if security and jobs for our youth are tied together then that’s wealth for our country. However, all these won’t be possible if we are not united,” he added.
The President warned against divisions and negative ethnicity saying the days of dividing Kenyans along tribal lines are long gone.
He urged Kenyans to love one another and to continue living with each other in peace and harmony.
The sermon was delivered by Fr Joseph Ngala who called on Kenyans to cultivate a culture of praying for and supporting their leaders saying that is how to build a happy nation.
The President, who is on a working tour of the Coast region, was accompanied by Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata.