President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday finally responded to NASA leaders’ threats of secession.
The Head of State, during the launch of the governors’ conference at Diani Reef Hotel in Kwale, warned that stern action would be taken against anyone threatening the country’s peace and stability.
Uhuru, who was accompanied by former Ghanaian President John Mahama to the meeting, told the governors and their deputies that those who “cross the line” will not be tolerated.
“We will not entertain any language, any action that threatens our territorial integrity,” said a visibly agitated Uhuru.
“We can have dialogue either individually or collectively but one thing is clear that there is a line and if you cross it then the law will deal with you.”
Opposition leaders have vowed not to recognize President Kenyatta’s re-election in the October 26 vote. Others went ahead to call for the swearing-in of Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’ as they made threats of secession.
The rhetoric has transferred to most opposition party politicians as earlier today, Minority Leader John Mbadi was thrown out of Parliament after stating that the country has no president.
President Kenyatta, however, promised to extend a hand of friendship and partnership to all regardless of affiliations.
He echoed the Council of Governors Chairman Josphat Nanok’s call for national government and devolved units not to compete with each other but to collaborate.
“Our people did not elect us to be divisive. They did not elect us to engage in politics. Ours is an executive role. Ours is to deliver on our aspirations and on that I am opened to dialogue so that we can achieve those objectives,” Uhuru said.
He further called on the county governments to include the private sector in the development agenda as they seek to transform service delivery.