, BUNGOMA, Kenya, Jun 19 — Deputy President William Ruto has assured Kenyans that the few sticky outstanding issues on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will soon be sorted out to pave way for dialogue.
Ruto said he was optimistic that the few outstanding issues raised by the concerned parties will be resolved in the next few days to give room for dialogue in efforts to reform the electoral body.
Speaking at the Salvation Army Church, Turbo in Lugari Constituency, Kakamega County, where he attended a church service, the Deputy President told leaders to embrace dialogue in building bridges among all the country’s different ethnic communities.
“I am optimistic that the few sticky issues on the IEBC will be sorted out in the next few days to give way for dialogue so that if there is any problem with the electoral body, then we solve it amicably,” Ruto said.
He said the Jubilee administration was always ready for dialogue on issues affecting the country with a view to solving them amicably.
The Deputy President was accompanied by MPs Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Ayub Savula (Lugari) and Julius Melly (Tindiret) who asked the opposition to accept dialogue as Constitutionally provided for, through Parliament.
“What we need in this country is peace. As leaders we should set a good example and be champions of peace, security and stability of our country for accelerated development,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President who quoted heavily from the Bible said all leaders must be concerned about peace, security and stability of the country.
“We should borrow a leaf from the book of Mathew 5:9 which tells us that blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God,” the Deputy President said.
He urged leaders to use peaceful means in addressing issues instead of engaging in activities aimed at causing unnecessary tension and hatred among peace loving Kenyans.
“All of us have a responsibility of building a cohesive country that we can be proud of. Let’s embrace peaceful means in addressing issues affecting us,” he said.
The Deputy President at the same time urged Churches to help in preaching peace and unity among Kenyans.
Ruto said Churches were well positioned to build a cohesive country where all the different ethnic communities can live harmoniously and be proud of their country.
“We ask churches to pray for the unity of our people and the stability of our country at all times,” Ruto said.