He has been described, variously, as amiable, humble, down-to-earth, respectful, easy-going, charming, warm, friendly, great listener, trustworthy, wonderful, honest, focused, confident, intelligent, charismatic, man of the people et cetera, et cetera.

Veteran journalist Jaduong’ Philip Ochieng’ Otani said, inter alia (Sunday Nation, March 17, 2013): “Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is extraordinarily intelligent; even if you voted against him, Uhuru Kenyatta is your President; you owe him deep respect.

In the face of all unwarranted insults and ridicule, President Uhuru has maintained a demeanor of normalcy and soldiered on.

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FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) greets opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition after addressing a news conference at the Harambee house office in Nairobi, Kenya March 9, 2018. REUTERS

Uhuru Kenyatta may be the most significant President this country has ever had in ways we may not have anticipated. The desire for many Kenyans has always been development, and rightly so.

As a developing nation, there is nothing more pressing than the need to build infrastructure and create an environment that can sustain modern life while offering citizens their best opportunity to prosper.

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FILE PHOTO. TNA leader Uhuru Kenyatta and URP’s William Ruto during the Jubilee Coalition delegates conference at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in Nairobi on December 23, 2012  PHOTO/COURTESY

Remarkably, when he was nominated as the presidential candidate for TNA at Kasarani in December 2012, his vision was to see a united and peaceful Kenya. Addressing a cheerful crowd, Mr Kenyatta pledged to establish a government anchored on unity, peace and economic development.

“The priority of my government is first to unite Kenyans, bring peace, and to jump-start our economy,” Mr Kenyatta told his supporters.

Selling DP Ruto to Mt. Kenya region was a tall task that President Uhuru had to accomplish before becoming the next President of Kenya. Ruto had been accused of being the master mind of Kikuyu massacre in Rift valley so the hatred that Kikuyu haboured for DP Ruto can never be compared with what they had for Raila Odinga.

Uhuru has always come out as the unifier President.

To this end, Uhuru’s administration has done relatively well.

From SGR to many miles of roads, the Government has indeed changed the infrastructure conditions for the nation.

The President has ensured an increase in electricity connection, made secondary school education cheaper and vastly improved NHIF services. He has done a lot and despite the challenges of corruption, we can all see changes we are thankful for. And if we forget, Building Bridges Initiative will remind us of how selfless Uhuru is.

These changes will stick to our nation well beyond his term as President and their impact will be higher than 3 SGR projects per year. Simply because if we save the Sh.1 trillion we lose annually to corruption, we will possibly be debt free in five years, or build infrastructure to every part of this country or even totally ensure education is free.

At the same time, Uhuru managed to unite the country by joining hands with Raila. The significance of the Handshake was immediately clear and relevant. The peace we now enjoy is immeasurable. Indeed, as we speak, we have seen present and past leaders, Opposition and ruling party leaders, winners and losers of elections all agree for once that the Handshake and the fight against corruption must be supported and must be continued

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Be that as it may, the lords of impunity are lurking in the shadows, waiting to devour this baby (BBI) we have delivered. These are the demons and dragons of our past, and devour this baby they will, unless we, the people, say NO to them!

We must learn from the United States; we can’t replace a Lincoln with an Andrew Johnson. By which I mean, let us not elect any leader in any capacity who does not embrace the fight against corruption and the Building Bridges Initiative, for in these two lie the key to our peaceful and prosperous nation

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Hon Yusuf Haji handing over BBI report to President Uhuru at Statehouse on 26th November 2019 Photo/Courtesy

Nyong’o, a political scientist,  and Kisumu Governor  told First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who had visited the county, to tell the President “Kenyans are waiting for him to present his nomination papers again”. Mrs. Kenyatta was in Kisumu to launch elimination of mother-to-child transmission (eMTCT) campaign. Mozambique’s First Lady Isaura Nyusi was also present. Hundreds of residents turned up for a free medical camp Mrs. Kenyatta had organised.”

 “In 2007, when I was the ODM secretary general, Kenyans waited to see the President present his nomination papers but he never did as the rest presented theirs,” Nyong’o said.