, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – President Mwai Kibaki has advised Kenyans to hold those seeking elective positions accountable to a moral and developmental agenda during the forthcoming elections.
President Kibaki at the same time urged political aspirants to seek political support without resorting to violence and offensive language.
Addressing the 10th National Prayer Breakfast at the Safari Park Hotel on Thursday morning, the President said he was confident that the country was on the right track despite many challenges.
“I urge all Kenyans in the spirit of Madaraka Day which we will be celebrating tomorrow (Friday) to always exercise responsibility in our respective areas of influence and continuously seek God’s divine guidance,” he said.
He said that Kenyans have to take personal responsibility to fight negative ethnic tendencies as the country approaches the general elections.
“There is nothing that we are not be able to achieve if we decide to do it all in the name of God because after all if you are only working for yourself or even for your son and brother, you will not get very far,” he stated.
President Kibaki also urged all citizens to take personal responsibility in fighting the vice of corruption in the country.
He pointed out that the rule of law needs to be respected in the quest for democracy as this will ensure the smooth running and effectiveness of key institutions.
“I also urge every Kenyan to take personal responsibility to fight negative ethnic tendencies especially as we approach the general elections. We must remember that we are all children of God with an equal stake in our country. Let us love one another as admonished in Holy Scripture.”
“In all of this, it is my hope that the people of the United States can provide some support encouragement and resources and if we have lessons from our own successes and lessons perhaps we can share those as well,” he added.
The president urged religious leaders to preach peace and inter-communal harmony particularly during this period of heightened political activity in the country.
The Head of State affirmed that Kenya sought to rank high among other nations in areas of national enterprise and asked Kenyans to not only repent but also rededicate themselves to adhering to God’s ways.
“As we go before God today, therefore, I call upon Kenyans to seek forgiveness, repent our sins and rededicate ourselves to following God’s ways,” he said.
Visiting United States Senator Christopher Coons, who is also the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa said Washington is ready to support Nairobi.
“When you stand in the morning and hold hands in prayer and then you go on the floor of Parliament, it is much harder to fight with someone if you have held hands with them and prayed in the morning,” he advised.
“So as we go forward to this difficult year, I ask all of us to pray for each other. We in the United States, in our senates and in our country we will pray for you each and every day.”