Editor's Review

“The journey has not been easy, but I thank God that I have been able to drive this country."

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday had a wide-ranging interview with a host of vernacular radio stations that serve the Gema community.

During the interview, the President opened up on the challenging moments that faced his tenue for the two terms that he has been president.

“The journey has not been easy, but I thank God that I have been able to drive this country that far despite all the challenges faced therein,” Uhuru divulged.

While explaining the challenges he faced during his first term in office, the president cited the ICC case.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address to the Gema Community on Sunday, August 7, 2022. PHOTO | COURTESY

He said the case took toll on him as it meant he had to take a huge portion of his time to focus on the matter.

Secondly the president listed Covid-19 which he said dealt the economy a huge blow as many Kenyans had to be laid off.

At the same time, Uhuru sad Ukraine war also affected his leadership as the cost of basic commodities had to rise to unprecedented heights.

"The Covid period was not an easy one, it was a matter of life and death and we had to act first to save people. We had to even lock the country. Then the Ukraine War happened which also affected our country, " he said

Further, the President said his administration has had to contend with numerous lies that were propagated by those against his leadership.

He said Kenyans were fed with false information even when his government was delivering key services to the people of Kenya.

“People have been lied to. People do not think of the communities anymore. They think of themselves. That's my regret. Lies and propaganda. Which reduced our pace to leave our people at a better place,” Uhuru noted.

Also, Uhuru listed persistent drought as another obstacle that faced his administration.

He said his government tried so much to ensure the country is food secure but the challenge of drought made it difficult to achieve the goal.