Mama Ngina Kenyatta, the mother to President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Tuesday made a passionate appeal to the youth in a rare interview.

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Speaking to members of the press after attending a memorial service for renowned city magnate and former head of civil service Mr Jeremiah Kereini, Mama Ngina called on young men and women to selflessly love Kenya and always put the country before self.

She said that youths have a responsibility of bringing up their children honestly and instilling in them patriotic values.

"I want to tell this young generation to love their country so that they can be able to move forward in the right way, and bring up their children honestly and with the love of country.  (Nguenda kumuira generation eno nini muteeye bururi uyu wanyu nigetha mwethe kuthie mbeere na njira iria yagereire. Na murere ciana cianyu muena uhokeku na wendi wa bururi)," Mama Ngina said.

The president's mother was among high profile figures who graced Kereini's memorial service at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.

She paid tribute to the career civil servant as one of the people whose work ethic, and values helped President Jomo Kenyatta's government  function smoothly.

Mama Ngina said that Kenya would attain greater development only if its leaders espouse the values of honesty and patriotism.