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Before we begin, share with us your thoughts about theWestgate tragedy?
My running mate and I posted a message on Facebookand we sent our deepest condolences to all those wholost their loved ones in the cowardly and senseless West-
gate aack by terrorists that lasted over four days. We
pray that the Almighty God will rest the departed souls
in eternal peace. We also wish a quick recovery to allthose who were injured in the unfortunate aack as wecommiserate with all the Kenyan people and friends of Kenya who are traumased by this unfortunate event.We shall remain forever grateful to our men and womenin uniform who put their lives in harm’s way to rescueour people and bring this drama to an end. Under theleadership of the Commander-in Chief, our securityagencies demonstrated professionalism and steadfast
ness in dealing with the crisis. They have stood as a sym
bol of our strength and made us all proud.We also recognise the many Kenyans from all walks of life who donated blood and money to assist the vicms
as well as those who came out to support the respond-
ers. We especially note with pride the M-Pesa Iniave
that raised over Kshs 60 million in three days to assist
the rescue and recovery eorts. We salute all the hu
-manitarian and emergency response teams especially
the Kenya Red Cross Society and the St John’s Ambu
lances who assisted in evacuang the injured. By pull
ing together as Kenyans in this tragedy, we have shownour unity, courage and love for one another to the wholeworld. These are values that we must carry forth withus and demonstrate even in mes of peace and calm.We urge all Kenyans to connue to hold together andto support the bereaved and the injured. Let’s also worktogether to heal the wounds that remain aer the rehas died down.
Let’s also congratulate you for pung up a great ght in the 2013 elecons. At what point did you think that it
was important for you to concede defeat?
I think it became absolutely clear in the last two weeksthat it was an orchestrated campaign to make it a “two
horse” race. Because of that we lost some ground and in
my view when we realised the trend was what was com-
ing out in the electronic vote before it was stopped, andthe same trend took place in the manual, we said thatthe country was bigger than all of us. What we needed
was to rally around and say that Kenyans have made
How dicult was it a decision
to go ahead and concede?
It wasn’t dicult because
you go into a contest
knowing one of you will win and the rest of you will belosers and you kind of retreat for another day.
In your opinion, what do you feel went wrong with your strategy?
First of all looking at the results, we did not do as well aswe should have, but I also think, the reecon is not asgood we think we did. We know a lile bit of things thatperhaps were done behind the scenes. We have detailsproving that we did beer than what was reported. Butall along, we were of the view that Kenyans will decideon issues and that is where we built our greatest hope.Unfortunately, in the last two weeks we saw anothertrend. Where it became tribal, where issues were put oncold storage and therefore we went back to the same oldissues; of deciding whether we need this family or thatfamily or if we need this person or that person.
Is Kenya not ready for an elist president according
I had a lot of faith in young people, that this was theme to make a break but I think at the end of theday, they were dictated to mostly, by their parentsand we sll went the tribal way. As I said we rel
egated issues. I sll hope that at some point, whetherthe next elecons or the other one, we can discussissues. Because I think relegang issues at the me of elecons only comes back to hurt you as a Kenyan.
Do you feel the decisions made during this elecon
will now serve as a lesson to the youth? Do
you thing that they will reect on themand make a dierent decision next me?
I don’t think so. We tend to reasonand raonalise unl two weeks toelecons. That is what I have seen.
We are going to reason together
for the next four years but whenthe elecons come, we then re
treat to our cocoons.
Why do you think that
I really cannot tell, because if you look at somebody whohas reasoned for four years but can’t reason in the lasttwo months, then you have to start quesoning whether
really reasons and issues have anything to do with an
elecon or we just leave it to be tribal.
What is your take on our current government?
When I made that famous speech aer elecons, I saidthat we must brace ourselves for hard economic mesand it wasn’t going to be easy for any government. Dis
-cipline was going to be the core thing to drive us out
of our perennial problems. Unfortunately we haven’tseen reinforcement of discipline in the current govern
ment. Despite the fact that there area lot of problems that they (the
current government) have
tried to tackle, as a coun
-try we need to deal with
security, the economy,the infrastructure andunemployment, which
is very high and that
brings a lot to deal with.
Also peculiar is that this
government was the rst
to deal with
By Ravneet Sehmi and Simon Muli
Known as the elist presidenal candidate duringthe March 2013 elecons, banker-turned-poli
cian, Peter Kenneth, took a graceful exit from thepresidenal race. But, there’s more to the ‘hand
some’ presidenal contestant than meets the eye.Peter Kenneth, was born and brought up in thecountry’s capital, Nairobi. Kenneth’s love for thecountryside is what later give rise to a man, de
scribed by many as the most performing policianin Kenya. His service to the people of Gatanga for10 years, as their representave in parliament lean indelible mark on the lives of many in his con
stuents. In his rst interview since March 4, thefather of two, shares his thoughts about the latestissues in Kenya’s polical arena and what he hasbeen up to.
The leader whoarrived aheadof his time