Come back home, Uhuru tells Ngugi
08 June 2015, 18:26
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged literally legend Ngugi wa Thiong'o to come back home from his stay in the United States of America.
Uhuru insists that Kenya is now a land of opportunity and freedom and that Kenyans living in the diaspora are welcome to come back and help build the economy.
The President was speaking while hosting Ngugi at State House Nairobi on Monday, where he asked skilled Kenyans to return to the country and invest in its future.
" This is not the Kenya of yesterday but a Kenya that needs all your talents. It is time for you to come back and help us build the country," he said.
" We need all Kenyans to participate in improving our society because no single person or community has the answer, but as a united group we have all the answers," he added.
Ngugi on his part urged the President to continue the gains made by the country in ensuring certain freedoms and privileges afforded by the constitution are upheld.
He also said that he has watched Kenya grow from a dark past to having a bright future.
" I am happy to note that Kenya is now moving forward and not stuck as it was in the past," he said.
Ngugi was jailed in 1977 during late president Jomo Kenyatta's regime after publishing his critical play Ngaahika Ndeeda, I will marry when I want.
He fled Kenya after his release by former President Daniel Arap Moi and went on to become a critically aclaimed literary role model as well as a highly respected lecturer in the United States.
Ngugi is currently a professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California.
He visited State House with his three sons Mukoma, Nducu and Thiong'o.
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