Uhuru Faces Backlash in His Backyard Over Washenzi Remarks

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has faced severe backlash from a section of his supporters after scolding leaders that have been criticising his development.

    Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony for the Mama Ngina Waterfront Project in Mombasa, a visibly agitated Uhuru stated, "Kwa hivyo hao washenzi waachane na mimi. Na hivyo ndivyo itakua (Those bothering should leave me alone. That is how it will be)".

    Although the remarks were allegedly aimed at Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who had criticised Jubilee's development record in the region, some of the electorates have termed it as a sign of disrespect from the Head of State.

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    Some recounted how Uhuru appeared to have taken for granted the political support accorded in the past two presidential elections.

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    Reactions after the washenzi remarks
    Reactions after the washenzi remarks
    Reactions after the washenzi remarks

    However, others indicated that the President was right and the leaders should respect his stance.

    Others went after those criticising Uhuru saying that their political affiliation did not give them the power to question those who hold a different opinion.

    Another group called for clarification that Uhuru's attack was towards specific leaders and not the entire Mt Kenya region electorate.

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    Reactions after the washenzi remarks
    Reactions after the washenzi remarks
    Reactions after the washenzi remarks
    Reactions after the washenzi remarks

    The Gatundu MP had in the past criticised Uhuru for taking the development agenda elsewhere and forgetting his Mt Kenya backyard.

    Kuria threw the first salvo during the New Year eve celebrations at Thika Stadium claiming that the region's voters would no longer be used as voting machines without benefiting from the regime.

    Noting that the president was in his last term, the MP maintained that it was high time that Mt Kenya benefited from Uhuru's presidency.