NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 29 – Outgoing President Mwai Kibaki led leaders in the country in calling on Kenyans to observe peace as they await the ruling of the Supreme Court expected on Saturday.
In his goodwill Easter message to Christians in the country, President Kibaki said the elected leaders have a responsibility to ensure that Kenyans resumed their routine economic activities as “soon as possible to return normalcy in the country”.
The President said: “I also call upon the elected political leaders who have been sworn into office to settle down and deliver services to the public.”
President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta asked Kenyans to “thank God for his guidance in the Governing of this Great Nation even as they celebrate the triumph of democracy, the triumph of peace and the triumph of nationhood following the March 4 election.”
“Easter is a promise of renewal by the Almighty God. In many ways, especially this year, God has renewed Kenya,” he said, adding “First, as a country, we are celebrating the Jubilee year of our Independence. As the Holy Bible puts it in the book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is one in which God’s mercies are manifested. It is my hope and Prayer that God will extend his mercies to all of us,” he added.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga said urged Kenyans to remain hopeful that the uncertainty facing the country will give way to a strong, more united and determined nation that will be a guiding star for other nations.
“This year, the Easter holiday that begins on this Good Friday finds our nation, our values, our institutions and the ideals we hold dear, undergoing trial.”
“Yet, amid the fear that we may have lost everything, hope abounds,” he added.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka urged Kenyans to continue praying and reflecting on the state of the nation especially during this transition period.