PRES KENYATTA ASSURES KENYANS OF PEACE BEFORE AND AFTER POLL

NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday assured Kenyans that the country will remain peaceful before and after the Oct 26 fresh presidential election.

The President said the Government is prepared to ensure Kenyans are given the opportunity to vote in peace for the leader they want in the fresh poll ordered by the Supreme Court.

I want to assure you that Kenya is a nation of God-fearing people and as Head of State, I will do all I can to ensure Kenyans get an opportunity to vote for the leader of their choice in a peaceful and transparent manner, said the President when he attended a national prayer service organised by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Subukia Shrine in Nakuru County.

The President, who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto, attended the prayers at the invitation of the Catholic Bishops.

He said the interest of the nation’s 45 million citizens is greater than any one individual and that was why the welfare of Kenyans should always come first.

The President said the country needs to remain stable to safeguard and boost its development achievements.

We cannot achieve prosperity and equitable development without a firm foundation of peace and stability, said the President.

He urged Kenyans to continue praying for peace and to embrace one another as brothers and sisters.

After the prayer service, the President and his deputy addressed a rally at Subukia where they called on residents to turn up in large numbers to vote in the Oct 26 presidential election.

Meanwhile, the United States and the German Federal Government have opposed amendments to Kenya’s electoral laws saying it is not consistent with international best practice and time is insufficient to effect such changes before the October 26th presidential repeat poll.

In a press statement signed by the US Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, the move would increase political tension and undermine public perceptions of the integrity of the electoral process.

The US raised concern with political actors from both sides urging them to stop their unreasonable demands on the electoral commission IEBC adding that they fully support efforts to engage leaders and parties in dialogue, and urge all to participate openly, and in good faith.

A peaceful and transparent poll that provides all Kenyans a voice in choosing their next President will require that the electoral commission have the independence and support it needs to fulfill its Constitutional and legal obligations, said the statement.

It further added that the US Government remains committed to supporting a free, fair, and credible election that is consistent with Kenya’s Constitution, current laws, and institutions.

Kenyan leaders and citizens were urged to reject violence while calling on security services to use restraint in handling demonstration.

It said the election offers Kenya the opportunity to inspire and shape the future of Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK