Uhuru, Ruto attend mass in Ngong, urge Kenyans to pray and maintain peace

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto joined Catholic faithful for a Sunday mass at a Ngong cathedral.

They urged Kenyans to continue praying for peace and unity adding that the country should steer away from tension inspired by politics.

Uhuru asked citizens to continue with their day-today activities without any fear.

“There is no need for tension or fear, Kenya will still be there after elections. Leave us as leaders to tackle our political issues.”

“Kenya was there before election and it will continue to exist,” Uhuru said.

Governor-elect Mike Sonko (Nairobi) and Governor Joseph ole Lenku (Kajiado) and MP Joseph Manje (Kajiado North) attended the service at St Joseph’s Cathedral.

The head of state particularly hailed Kenyans for engaging in peaceful activities during the last electioneering period, noting that the country was maturing democratically.

He told Kenyans to leave politics to politicians and concentrate on activities aimed at improving their lives.

Uhuru thanked Kajiado residents for taking the lead in preaching peaceful coexistence among themselves with their neighbours.

The area is cosmopolitan and with diverse political affiliations.

“Kajiado is an example to Kenyans, despite hosting different communities, it was the only cosmopolitan county whose residents were not drawn into the 2007/2008 post election violence.”

He thanked the residents for voting overwhelmingly for Jubilee candidates in the just concluded general election.

Ruto said all Kenyans won the August 8 poll.

“Our democracy is growing as demonstrated by the way Kenyans voted during the just concluded general election,” Ruto said.

The Deputy President said it was impressive that people voted to parties whose campaigns were based on issues and not ethnic backgrounds.

He said it is encouraging that leaders were now respecting the rule of law by their commitment to solving issues of elections through the courts as contained in the Constitution.

“Although we have differences in opinion, it is impressive that leaders are committed to following the rule of law in addressing such issues,” the DP said.

“Disputes arising from elections can always be solved through the Constitution, legal and in a peaceful manner.”

This followed the case filed by NASA leader Raila Odinga challenging the declaration of Uhuru as the winner of the recent presidential election.

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Ole Lenku and Sonko appealed to Kenyans to embrace peace and avoid activities that can disrupt their seamless coexistence.

“Let us embrace peace and harmonious relations because politics come and go but our development is there to stay,” Lenku said.

“Politics is like rainy clouds, where they come and go but normal life continues,” said Sonko.

Father Anthony Koikai conducted the mass and also delivered the sermon urging the faithful to embrace the gift of faith which has been given freely by God.

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