Leaders preach peace ahead of election declaration

The Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has asked Naivasha residents to maintain the prevailing peace and respect each other’s democratic rights of those who either participated or did not participate in the just concluded repeat Presidential polls.

Kinyanjui who led a host of members of parliament in preaching peace in the volatile area, said residents were ready to accept the presidential election results and move on with their lives.

Addressing congregants during a Sunday Service at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in the lake side town, the governor said that Nakuru County residents were peace-loving as demonstrated during the voting day adding that violence will not be condoned in the region.

Noting that Naivasha town was one of the areas that were hardest hit by the 2007-8 post-election chaos, the governor said residents had learnt a lesson the hard way and would not go the same path again.

He called on Kenyans to ignore leaders calling for mass action as this was inciting them to violence, saying they had nothing to benefit from such actions.

Kinyanjui also thanked residents for turning up in large numbers to vote for the president adding that Naivasha was one of the two constituencies in the country that had the highest voter turn-out at 91% with the President Kenyatta garnering close to 100,000 votes.

The president will be declared as the winner any time this week and we call for patience and peace, he advised.

The National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Moses Cheboi said it was time to move on from the current political environment and urged Kenyans to shun violence and avoid being divided by politicians who were keen on spreading hate among them.

Politicians are currently earning their salaries and living a decent life and you should know that your neighbour will always be your neighbour whether there are elections or not, he said.

The Naivasha MP, Jayne Kihara said the vote turn out by residents has put the constituency as one of the top electoral areas for the President and thanked residents for voting peacefully.

The Nakuru County Women Representative, Liz Chelule, area deputy governor, Dr. Eric Korir and all the Members of County assembly from Naivasha attended the service and commended the residents for keeping peace.

Source: Kenya News Agency