uhuru campaignign ahead of August polls
uhuru campaignign ahead of August polls

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired back at the government after suspected police officers raided his eldest son Jomo Kenyatta's Karen home.

Uhuru said he received a phone call that the officer had arrived at the home in vehicles having Sudanese number plates.

"I was in the office when I received the call that the police were here. I heard they were with vehicles bearing Sudanese number plates. I gave instructions for them not to open until I am here," he said.

Uhuru went on to vow that he will defend his family against any onslaught saying he did his best for Kenya when he served as president.

He dared the government to face him head-on instead of "harassing his mother and children".

"The fact that I have been silent does not mean I am scared. Come For me if it is me that you want," Uhuru said.

"I did the best I could do for my country and I handed over when my time was finished and I will now do the best to defend my family."

He condemned the raid at his son's Karen home saying the government should deal with him instead of interfering with the lives of his children.

The raid come barely a week after the government recalled police officers guarding Mama Ngina's home.

Police sources on Tuesday said the withdrawal was for debriefing purposes.

They were however reinstated on  Wednesday after the family sought the services of private guards.

On whether he has engaged President William Ruto on the issues, Uhuru said it is his successor who is not interested in talking to him.

"You have a tete-a-tete with someone who wants to talk to you. He has not shown any indication and as a retired president why should I go look for someone who doesn't want to talk to me?" Uhuru posed.

On  whether his family's security was at risk, the President said:

"Absolutely, that is why I am here. I will defend my family and I wont be intimidated."

On Financing Azimio demos, told President William to deal with real issues facing Kenyans.

"Have you seen me in any of those events? Have you seen me talk about any of those events?" he posed. 

He denied ever financing Azimio demos saying the government should follow the right channel in addressing the matter

Uhuru said that a government is elected to serve its people and they should focus on what is urgent rather than accusing him of funding Azimios.

"You need to address the real issues facing Kenyans, not going on top of vehicles claiming things. Go deal with issues affecting people not looking for scapegoats. When I was in power I was dealing with people with issues affecting the people," he said.

The President said as much as he is not involved in the demos, Kenyans have a right to carry out their constitutional mandate.

He said he will not stop sup[pointing the Azimio leader Raila Odinga saying it is his constitutional right.

He said the late Former President Daniel Moi died a Kanu party member.

He said he will quit the Jubilee party at the right time adding that he will not allow the current regime to force him to exit politics.

"It is my democratic right enshrined in the constitution that Kenyans voted for. Moi died as a Kanu member. Was there a problem with that?"

"I was planning to hand over Jubilee leadership. But I would not do that to a group of puppets because they have the support of the state."

He said his loyalty to ODM leader Raila Odinga will not change and that he will continue being friends with him.

"I'm I not supposed to talk to my friends? Is that a crime in Kenya today? Maybe you should tell me," he said. 

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta endorsed long-time rival Raila Odinga as his preferred successor in the August 2022 elections.

According to Uhuru, Raila meant well for the country.

Ruto who was then Uhuru's deputy however beat Raila and won the elections to become Kenya's fifth president.

On August 15, 2022, former IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declared William Ruto the winner of the presidential contest after he defeated Raila and two other candidates in the August 9 polls.

Ruto garnered 7.1 million votes against Raila's 6.9 million votes