My 2011 Christmas message – Kibaki

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MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. MWAI KIBAKI, C.G.H., M.P., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA TO THE KENYAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DURING THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS, DECEMBER 2011, NAIROBI

I am delighted to send this message of special greetings and goodwill to all Kenyans during this Christmas season.

This is a joyous time in which Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who came into the world as a ransom for our sins. The birth of Christ was certainly an expression of God’s love, grace and mercy upon humankind.

Therefore, Christmas is all about God’s love for us and we, as Christians, are expected to reflect on our relationship with God and reciprocate his love by worshipping him and showing love and compassion to others.

Christmas is a season of great thoughtfulness for others, a time for sharing love and forgiveness and a time that should be Christ-centred. During this season, I urge Christians to uphold sincere Christian ideals, extend Christian love by giving hope to those in despair and be conscious to the poor and less fortunate.

This Christmas comes at a time when prices of basic commodities have risen putting a financial strain on many families. I, remain optimistic that the measures the government is putting in place to cushion wananchi from the high inflationary pressures will yield fruit and lower the inflation rate and eventually reduce the cost of living.

In spite of these challenges, we, as a nation, as families and as individuals, have a lot to be thankful to God for, including the rains, the expected bumper harvest, the constitutional reforms and the transformation of our nation.

During this festive season many Kenyans travel to various parts of the country to spend the holidays with their loved ones. I, therefore, call for maximum caution on our roads to avoid road accidents and loss of precious lives. I urge all road users to exercise extreme caution and to strictly observe the traffic rules to ensure a safe festive season.

In addition, I urge Kenyans to refrain from excessive consumption of alcohol which could result to losing innocent lives through drunkenness. Instead, I appeal for celebration in the proper spirit.

May the spirit of the Christmas season be with you all at this time and in the New Year.

Merry Christmas.

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