President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto have urged Kenyans to maintain peace before, during and after the August 8 General Election.
The duo urged Kenyans to be tolerant of one another and maintain peace in the run-up to the polls.
They spoke during the memorial service of the late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery at the Nairobi Baptist Church yesterday.
The President said the country should remain peaceful irrespective of who emerges victorious.
“It doesn’t matter who wins the next election, but the future of our people, the prosperity of our nation and the togetherness and unity that comes with all of us calling ourselves citizens of this great nation of Kenya,” Uhuru said.
He urged Kenyans to emulate Nkaissery’s passion of ensuring the election is free and fair.
“If we are led by love and passion for Kenya and our desire to make a difference for the betterment of our people and nation, we should never ever contemplate anything but peace,” Uhuru said.
On his part, Ruto said, “It was his [Nkaissery’s] wish and passion that we conduct a peaceful election. Dear Kenyans, let us give it to him and have a peaceful election.”
Uhuru recalled moments he shared with Nkaissery since the Kanu era when he was the leader of the opposition. The President described him as a disciplinarian and a man of order who also had a “spot for those that he cared for”.
“After we formed the government, I called Nkaissery to join me in building what we had started years back, and the General did not hesitate even five minutes in accepting my offer of becoming Interior CS. He said he was waiting for me to call him so that we could work together,” the President said.
He mourned the late Major General as a man of dignity who had commitment, loyalty and total dedication to Kenya. “He cleaned up the Security ministry and gave me support in reorganising the security sector, and this is something that I shall never forget. I am going to miss a friend and a colleague. Rest well dear brother and we will continue with where you have left,” Uhuru said.
The service was attended by NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka, Cabinet Secretaries, former and serving senior military officials, MPs and other top government dignitaries.
Speaker after speaker mourned Nkaissery as a gallant soldier who was devoted in serving the country.