President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Kenyans to maintain peace as the Supreme Court starts hearing of the presidential petition.
Uhuru said the case was not a fight and that everyone should go on with their business and let him and Opposition leader Raila Odinga square it out in court.
He said Kenyans had already done their democratic part by casting their votes and what remained was beyond their jurisdiction.
“Let us pray for peace. What is happening is in line with the Constitution. There is no need for Kenyans to have tension,” he said.
The President, who was declared the winner of the August 8 general election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said so far, Kenyans had shown maturity in terms of democracy.
Speaking in Ngong, Kajiado County, where he attended a church service, Uhuru said Kenyans should desist from being dragged into political differences and instead concentrate on building their lives.
He said Kajiado had been at the forefront in ensuring peaceful co-existence among the diverse communities living in the area.
“Even when the rest of the country was plunged into violence in 2007/2008, there was peace in Kajiado. That is how we want Kenyans to co-exist. Leave politics to politicians,” said President Uhuru.
He said the country needed everyone’s input to fast-track development.
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“We did our election in peace and it is important we maintain that. Leave us to fight in court. For you, go on with your business as usual,” said Uhuru.
The President was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto, Kajiado Governor-elect Joseph Ole Lenku, and Nairobi Governor-elect Mike Sonko.
State House has welcomed the decision by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to petition the Supreme Court over the presidential results.