Uhuru and Ruto know that most Kenyans are a religious lot and are as such trying very hard to hide behind faith in God so as to sanitize the gravest crimes against humanity that they have been accused of at Den Haag! I call this blasphemy against my Lord!!
Uhuru, Ruto renew call for peace
By Ernest Ndunda
Kenya: President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta went to church in Mombasa and his designated deputy Mr William Ruto worshipped in Nairobi but both leaders had a common message for Kenyans; pray for peace and prosperity.
The declared winners of March 4 big race, who are now awaiting ruling on a petition against their win by the Supreme Court, called for peace as the country awaits the outcome the suit filed by their main challenger, Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
“I call upon all Kenyans to pray and maintain peace. For any development, there must be peace,” said Uhuru.
He spoke at Kisima Cha Neema Cha Mwana wa Daudi Church in Mombasa where he had gone for a thanksgiving service following his contested victory.
Uhuru and Ruto last week met delegations of religious, business and heads of constitutional commissions in Nairobi and said they would continue attending to their programmes as they await the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.
On Sunday, the President-elect thanked religious leaders for leading the country in praying for peace in the period before, during and after the elections.
In Nairobi, Ruto urged Kenyans to pray for its leadership as well as those who didn’t make it in the just concluded polls. He argued leadership was ordained in heaven and appealed to their opponents to accept the outcome of the elections.
“Let us pray for all of us. Those who won and those who did not win so that they can realise that there is no authority that can be established that God has not ordained,” he said.
Ruto stressed those who won should likewise use their victory to serve God and humanity. Last week, Uhuru met Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General Peter Karanja, African Inland Church’s presiding Bishop Silas Yego and Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya Father Vincent Wambugu.
Others included Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims’ (Supkem) head of religious studies Sheikh Mohamed Chebwana Mohamed and Chairman of Inter-religious Council of Kenya who is also Supkem’s Secretary General Adan Wachu.
During that meeting, Uhuru struck the same cord, urging politicians and all Kenyan to rise above the partisanship of the campaign period and join hands in building the country
The church Uhuru went to on Sunday is the same one the President-elect and his deputy attended and held prayers with other worshippers in the run-up to the election. Accompanied by Nairobi Senator-elect Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi and a Mombasa businessman David Langat, Uhuru lauded Kenyans for maintaining peace during and after the election. ?
“Kenyans have matured and have accepted to live as brothers and sisters and we need to maintain the same peace for the country to achieve meaningful development,’’ he said.
The Presidential Press Service, which is now covering Uhuru’s functions?also, reported that Uhuru pledged to fulfill all the pledges he made during his campaigns. ?
“As we had pledged in our manifesto, we shall fulfill the pledges we made,” assured Uhuru amid prolonged ovation from the church faithful. ?
Sonko said Kenya needed to be led by God-fearing leaders. ?
“As a country, we have come from far and time has come for the losers in the recent General Election to accept defeat wholeheartedly for the country to soldier on,” argued Sonko.
He said Kenyans voted in leaders of their choice and they should be given a chance as their time had come.?
“Churches are not the right place of talking politics, but I urge those who did not make it for various seats they had vied for to join hands with the winning team for the country to develop,” said Sonko.?
Coast Provincial Commissioner Samuel Kilele also lauded Coast residents for voting peacefully.?
“Peace was maintained to the latter and I thank Coast residents for maintaining peace during and after the election,” added Kilele.?
Bishop Mary Kagendo who presided over the ceremony said good leaders come from God and Kenyans must accept the leaders God gave them.?
“We voted peacefully for the leaders of our choice and we should not allow few individuals to destabilise the country,” said Kagendo.?
Uhuru arrived at the Coast on Saturday and his family went to the exclusive Al Manara Luxury Resort in South Coast.
Addressing faithful at Nairobi Pentecostal Church (NPC) in Karen, Ruto concurred with Senior Pastor Calisto Odede that Kenyans should be prayerful.
“There is no authority that has been established that God has not ordained,” said Ruto.
He caused laughter at the church when he recounted how together with his wife Rachel, they borrowed a wedding gown from Rev. Odede for their wedding for which they later paid Sh1,500.
Both Uhuru and Ruto last week held talks with presidential aspirants of the just concluded elections. Before meeting former presidential candidates Musalia Mudavadi, Mohammed Abduba Dida, James Ole Kiyiapi and Paul Muite they also met foreign envoys and senior religious leaders.
They also met women leaders from various groups representing women interests in the country.
During the talks with the former presidential candidates, Uhuru thanked the aspirants for accepting his invitation saying it was an expression of goodwill.
However, despite a PPS dispatch on Saturday that Mudavadi’s United Democratic Front was among parties that signed a post-election pact with the Jubilee coalition led by Uhuru, on Sunday Mudavadi’s Director of Communication Mr Kibisu Kabatesi said no pact had been signed between his boss and Uhuru. He, however, added that talks between them were ongoing.