NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 31 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday urged Kenyans to move on with their lives and get out the election and political process that is now behind them.
Speaking at a church service at the St Austin’s church in Nairobi, Uhuru said his immediate task is to reconcile the nation for the sake of harmony and development because the election is over.
“I am looking forward to all of us getting back to work on Tuesday to continue building our beloved nation,” the President-elect said.
Kenyatta said there were no losers and winners in Kenya, “because we are all a nation that must move beyond politics.”
“I dedicate myself to do everything I can to improve the country and change the lives of all Kenyans while ensuring all Kenyans are united,” he said.
He also hailed most Kenyans for maintaining peace after the Supreme Court verdict which handed him victory.
“Mine is to promise you that together with my team we have re-dedicated ourselves to do everything we can to ensure that we change the lives of Kenyans for the better. We now leave the election behind us,” he said.
In his address to the nation soon after the Supreme Court delivered the historic decision, Kenyatta extended an olive branch to his main competitor Prime Minister Raila Odinga whom he fondly refers to as “my brother”.
He called on Christians and Kenyans in general to continue praying for peace and tranquility because the country needed to be stable for the economy to grow.
“It is that peace that will give us the ability to deliver and it is that peace that will enable us all to work together to achieve the dreams, goals and aspirations of all Kenyans wherever they are,” Kenyatta stated.
Kenyatta will be sworn in as Kenya’s fourth president on April 9, following the Supreme Court decision that threw our Odinga’s petition.
The Prime Minister and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG) had moved to court on March 16 to challenge Kenyatta’s election on grounds of massive irregularities.
They wanted the court to nullify the declaration made by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) handing Kenyatta victory as the president-elect.
They argued that IEBC had conducted a flawed election to favour the Jubilee presidential candidate over his closest contender, Odinga of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD).
All the allegations were dismissed by the Supreme Court judges who arrived at a unanimous decision that “the election was free and fair and within the constitution.”