VP pleads with Kenyan clergy

August 21, 2010 12:00 am

, CHOGORIA, Kenya, Aug 21 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Saturday made a passionate appeal to church organisations in the country to accept the results of the recent referendum and support the new Constitution.
Mr Musyoka at the same time urged those who have gone to court in a bid to have the new Constitution stopped, to reconsider their stand and drop such cases saying majority of Kenyans have had their way and that the minority have also been heard.
"There is no need for some of us to go to court in a bid to stop the new Constitution from being effected. I urge them to consider dropping such cases and accept things the way they are and move forward as people of one nation,’’ said Mr Musyoka.
"What we need to do is to forget the past and forge a common agenda as one people, one nation,’’ he said.
Speaking at Chogoria Tabernacle Church during the consecration and enthronement of Bishop designate Eustace Nyaga Ngatuni, Mr Musyoka said churches should work together and join other Kenyans in the promulgation of the new law.
He emphasised on the need for Christians to pray for the healing of the country as the only way to fight negative ethnicity in the country.
The Vice President who was accompanied by Agriculture Assistant Minister Kareke Mbiuki and Kangundo MP Johnstone Muthama urged Kenyans to be tolerant and work as a team in implementing the new law.
He said the implementation of the new law is a collective responsibility where everybody has to participate irrespective of how one voted during the last referendum exercise.
"I want to assure you that this new law is good for this country. We need to come with a strong nation that will be at peace with itself and with its people,’’ said Mr Musyoka.
The VP who is also the Home affairs Minister once again discouraged calls for political alliances ahead of 2012 General Elections.
He said such alliances involving certain communities should be discouraged noting that all Kenyans have a right to equal chances of leadership in this country.
Mr Muthama and Mr Mbiuki called on the need for churches and Kenyans in general to forget their past differences and team up during the implementation of the new law.
Mr Muthama urged the media to help unite the country instead of dwelling much on issues like the alliances which cannot bring the people of this country together.
Mr Mbiuki commended the Vice President for his efforts to ensuring that Kenyans are united irrespective of tribal and political affiliations.
Bishop Joseph Methu urged the Government to ensure that all the contentious issues in the new law are amended saying the state and region should be separated.
Bishop Methu praised Mr Kalonzo for exercising servant leadership and the role he is playing in uniting Kenyans who are still divided on tribal and political backgrounds and urged other leaders to emulate him.


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