Kenya, Naikuru-President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to maintain peace before, during and after the repeat October 26 polls. He made the appeal at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County on Sunday where he led the country in national prayers.
“Even as I urge all Kenyans to come out and vote, those who will vote and those who will not must remember that after October 26 they will still be neighbours and they must continue to live together harmoniously,” he said. Adding that, “If all Kenyans embrace peace, Kenya will emerge a stronger nation after October 26.”
Last week Uhuru called upon Kenyans to pray for the country after consultations with religious leaders, culminating in the national day of prayer held on Sunday nationwide. The Deputy President William Ruto, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and the Deputy President’s wife Rachel Ruto were among the thousands of Kenyans who thronged Afraha Stadium for the interdenominational prayer service.
Ruto assured Kenyans that the country will continue on the path of stability after the fresh polls on October 26 and urged them resist politics of tribalism and hatred that has the potential of plunging the country into trouble. “I know there is anxiety in the country. I know there are those who do not know what will happen. But we have come to Nakuru for prayers so that the country can know all is well and that God is in charge. And like He has done before, He will take us across this hurdle,” Ruto said.
He noted that the country is in uncharted waters following the ruling of the Supreme Court that annulled the August 8 presidential election but said “God is with Kenya and will take the country through the present situation”.
Adding that, “It is our humble prayer to God to spare Kenya and take our country to a new level of progress, growth and stability – a nation where no one will be left behind and a Kenya we can all be proud citizens.”
Reverend Teresia Wairimu of the Faith Evangelistic Ministries (FEM) who led the prayer service implored Kenyans to be patriotic and join hands in building the nation. “Kenya has the potential of becoming a great nation in the world. Let us put aside our differences and unite to build the nation,” Rev. Wairimu said.
She commended President Kenyatta, saying just like King Solomon he has done the right thing to call the nation to prayers and God will answer them. Rev. Wairimu said Kenya’s destiny is in the hands of God and all will be well after the October 26 fresh election.
“I believe on 26 October it will be the dawn of a new day. Kenya is about to receive strength from the Lord,” Rev. Wairimu said as she prayed for the country. She added that “Kenyans are fatigued; they want to go on with their daily activities without fear and do not want to be engaged in an endless electioneering process.”