President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to maintain peace in the country regardless of their political affiliation ahead of the August General Election.
“Kenya hii hakuna mmoja wetu ataihama, we are here to stay, it’s our responsibility to protect it & live with each other in peace,” said Kenyatta.
The President speaking at the Africa Inland Church (AIC) in Pipeline, Nairobi county, called upon politicians across the country to exercise mature politics during campaigns.
“Let’s conduct mature and peaceful campaigns and not immature politics. Let’s not pit Kenyans against each other because of politics,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of state condemned campaign rally attacks which have become rampant, the most recent involving the ODM party leader Raila Odinga who was attacked by stone-pelting youth in Uasin Gishu.
Uhuru said no Kenyan should be attacked because of their political stand.
“Kupiga mtu na mawe ama mshale ni kupotea njia,” said President Kenyatta, “Kwa uchaguzi kuna wenye watashinda na kushindwa, mwenye ameshinda asherekee akijua kuwa ata yule ambaye alishindwa ni ndugu yake.”
President Kenyatta cautioned Kenyans against engaging in activities that will make them regret it later, adding that elections come and go hence peace is key regardless of ethnicity.
Addressing a roadside rally after the church service at Pipeline, the president said, even though Kenyans choose their leaders through the ballot, the final decision is God’s will.
“Because the decision as to whom shall lead from MCA to the president, as much as it is our responsibility as citizens, it is also God’s will because he speaks through us,” he added.
Following the Friday incident in Uasin Gishu, seventeen people have been arrested and three politicians summoned over the incident.
Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi honored police summons and presented themselves to the Nakuru DCI offices on Sunday. They are being interrogated to ascertain if they were behind the attack.