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Sonko urges unity, end to tribalism in Moi's honour

Sunday February 9 2020

Sonko with Raymond Moi at Parliament viewing

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is pictured with the late former President Daniel arap Moi's son, Raymond, after viewing the body at Parliament buildings on February 9, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY 

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has challenged political leaders to embrace national unity and inclusivity in remembrance of the late retired President Daniel arap Moi.

The governor said that Moi found a way to make all communities part of his government, so leaders should shun tribal alignments in his honour.

Sonko, who spent most of his early life at the Coast, reminisced about Moi's value for the region, saying he demonstrated it through appointments.

"He was a frequent visitor to the Coast. He made many friends in the region and every other part of this country," he said.

“Moi set a precedent on matters of national unity and appointments which reflected the true face of Kenya. He always spoke about unity in every corner of the country," he said."



The City Hall boss said the death of the second president should motivate Kenyans to rally behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“Moi wanted national unity and that is what the BBI is all about. So we are fully behind it. This has been my message since the handshake,” he said on Sunday, when he joined the public in viewing the body at Parliament Buildings.

He pledged to support youth groups campaigning for peace across Kenya.

Sonko further asked all the 47 governors to emulate Moi in public appointments.

"We have to consider everyone without looking at tribes or political inclinations. [We have to give] equal opportunities," Sonko said.