The is calling on the leadership of the opposition outfit the National Super Alliance (NASA) to avoid confrontational politics and allow democracy to flourish in the country.
The elders at the weekend urged the opposition to withdraw their protest call and product boycott campaign to pave way for reconciliation and healing in the country in the aftermath of prolonged political activities.
They also urged NASA to call off their Tuesday prayer rally in Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi as it coincides with the same day president Uhuru Kenyatta is being sworn into office for a second and final term at Kasarani stadium.
On Friday, NASA leader, Raila Odinga said the coalition will hold a memorial service in Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi area of Nairobi to pray with the families of those allegedly killed by police during demonstrations against the October 26 repeat presidential election.
Led by their chairman Mohamed Jahazi they said the swearing-in ceremony of the president on Tuesday was a historic occasion that should be allowed to take place in a ‘quiet political atmosphere’.
The NASA leadership should appreciate that there can only be one president at a time and that instead of perpetually bemoaning their failure to win the presidency in the August 8 general election they should be strategising for the 2022 poll,’ he said.
The elders asked Kenyans to reject politics of vendetta and confrontation and instead embrace the culture of ‘dialogue and tolerance’.
We are calling upon all the political forces to bury their differences and work in harmony for the overall development and prosperity of the country, he said.
Jahazi a former Mvita MP said leaders across the political divide should discard the politics of confrontation and anarchy as it was ‘absolutely meaningless’.
He said it is high time that the government and the opposition work towards establishing a tolerant democratic system for sustained socio-economic growth.
Source: Kenya News Agency