NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – Five presidential running mates in the just concluded elections have urged President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to formally commit to accept and respect Supreme Court’s ruling on a petition challenging Kenyatta’s declaration as President.
Restore and Build Kenya’s Winnie Kaburu, Joshua Odongo of Alliance for Real Change, Augustine Lotodo of NARC Kenya, Shem Ochuodho of Safina and Ronnie Osumba of Kenya National Congress on Thursday said they had not witnessed irrevocable evidence of this commitment from those leaders utterances and behaviour.
“Kenya is more than a president; more than the Coalition for Reform of Democracy and Jubilee Alliance. We as leaders must look beyond our short term interests and we need commitment that personal agenda does not come before the hopes and dreams of Kenyan’s,” Alliance for Real Change running mate Joshua Odongo stated.
Addressing a press conference, the running mates also called upon the leaders to have a common approach to unify the country ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on presidential petitions.
Speaking on behalf of the five, Odongo said this was because whoever won the petition and the presidency would be faced with the task of uniting Kenya.
They added that it was evident that the conversations taking place between Kenyans on the outcome of the elections pointed to an urgent need for leaders to agree to a process to better Kenya after the entire process of election
The leaders who had been meeting over the past week to agree on what was the most peaceful way for the country, said it was clear to them that the way forward must be all inclusive and a reconciliatory approach must be taken.
They stated that both Kenyatta and Odinga must agree to a reconciliation process for themselves and the country and also commit to meet all stake holders in the past election so that there is a common position to unifying the country.
“We must remember that the winner will be a president of the entire country not just for those who voted him in. As such they must have singular focus on unifying this great nation,” Odongo said.