, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to practice good neighbourliness this festive season as the Mandera heroes demonstrated on Monday.
Wishing Kenyans a peaceful and memorable Christmas, President Kenyatta stated that Kenyans can only overcome the challenges they face if they stick together.
Echoing the Pope’s message on his visit to Kenya last month, President Kenyatta also called on all Kenyan faithful to remember the less fortunate in their celebration.
“This celebration recalls the birth of our Lord in poverty in circumstances that did not match his importance. That ought to remind us of a virtue that we have sometimes forgotten, humility. We ought to be ready to put others before ourselves. For our leaders, that means putting the needs of those they serve first. Self-centered leaders need to learn that lesson quickly,” the Head of State said.
He urged Kenyans to continue fostering a spirit of reconciliation and unity with their neighbors especially those of a different religion, race, or different community.
“That spirit was shown in a particularly striking way by the Muslim Kenyans who stood with their Christian compatriots against attackers near Mandera a few days ago. This is the Kenyan spirit that we must uphold and honor,” he said.
He stated that Kenya has many successes to celebrate as well as many challenges to overcome.
“Sometimes, when we remember how complex the challenges are, or how intensely any attempt to overcome them will be opposed, we are tempted to despair. But if Kenyans remain strong in hope, and join in the fight, then we can be sure that Kenya will win,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto who hosted orphans at his Eldoret home on Thursday indicated that Kenyans should remember the reason for the season and not engage in excesses.
Ruto stressed that citizens from all parts of the country must maintain good relations to secure peace and unity among all the Kenyan communities.
“As Kenyans we should appreciate our country and celebrate our God-given blessings by regarding each other as brothers and sisters irrespective of our ethnic or political backgrounds,” he said.
“All of us are in this great nation because of God’s willing and none of us is here by mistake. This is why we should embrace one another and live harmoniously.”