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#KenyaDecides: Uhuru sues for peace


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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for the extraordinary session of the African Union's Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the case of African Relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, October 12, 2013. Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by the ICC where Kenya's leaders are in the dock, ministers said before African leaders opened a summit on Saturday. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)

By Tasie Theodore


President Uhuru Kenyatta has sued for peace from his fellow countrymen and women ahead of the forthcoming General Elections in the East African country.


The call is coming even as the leading candidates in the elections, Kenyatta and former prime Minister, Oginga Odinga are criss-crossing the country and hosting very pitched campaigns


According to the president, who is seeking a second term in office in the polls that hold on August 8, the destiny of Kenya lies in the composition of all 45 million Kenyans who must strive to achieve it through working together in unity, using their diversity as their strength.


He said Kenya’s destiny cannot be achieved by one individual, but rather by all the citizens supporting and working towards a common goal irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political party backgrounds.


“A country’s destination is made great by a composition of its people working together in unity. Your destination cannot be achieved without working for one another,” President Kenyatta told worshippers at the Kingdom Seekers Fellowship Church in Nakuru town after attending a church service.


“Kenya will not be made great by one community but by appreciating each other, our diversity is not a challenge,” the President said.


Deputy President William Ruto, Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Nakuru Jubilee gubernatorial aspirant Lee Kinyanjui and Senate aspirant Susan Kihika were also present at the service.


Assuring citizens of peace and tranquillity, Kenyatta reiterated that at no time will he allow Kenyans to shed blood because of politics.


He urged the church to continue praying for peace and unity of all Kenyans during this electioneering period saying election is a one day event and the country must continue to exist even after the polls.


“I want to assure you there will be peace before, during and after elections. We have to acknowledge that Kenya will be there after election, and long after all of us are gone,” said President Kenyatta.


“Our common belief is that election will come and go but Kenya remains. We will not allow bloodshed to be a feature of these elections,” he added.


Deputy President Ruto thanked the church for organizing the peace prayer caravan which has been moving throughout the 47 counties, saying the country would not have achieved much progress without the leading of God.


“We want to thank God for enabling us achieve a lot in the shortest period under the leadership of President Kenyatta,” said Deputy President Ruto.


In his sermon on the occassion, the leader of the Kingdom Seekers Church, Apostle John Kimani Williams challenged all Kenyans to pursue their destiny as the country’s success was intertwined with the achievement of all Kenyans.



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