NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has met and held talks with four of the seven other presidential aspirants in the just concluded elections.
During the talks at Kenyatta’s residence in Nairobi and also attended by Deputy President-elect William Ruto, the president-elect thanked the aspirants for accepting his invitation saying this was an expression of goodwill.
The President-elect congratulated the aspirants for conducting a spirited campaign and articulating the real issues that needed to be addressed to move the country forward.
Saying political competition was a healthy way of entrenching democracy, President-elect Kenyatta however pointed out that political contests should not amount to disunity and enmity.
He said although the Jubilee Coalition won the elections, his Government was ready to work with all Kenyans including his competitors in the recent elections.
He added that there will be no losers or winners, saying his government will serve all Kenyans equally and without discrimination.
Kenyatta, therefore, reiterated that political leaders need to embrace each other in the spirit of togetherness for the benefit of the nation.
Speaking during the meeting the presidential aspirants congratulated the President-elect and his deputy, saying they had received overwhelming mandate from the people of Kenya.
Pledging their support to the President-elect and his deputy, the leaders expressed their readiness to cooperate and work with the new government.
Noting that a significant section of the Kenyan voters voted for other political parties, UDF leader Musalia Mudavadi urged the President-elect to take appropriate steps to ensure all Kenyans feel part of the new government.
Mudavadi added that there was need to bring leaders together without delay.
Saying that electoral loss can lead to tensions dues to unfulfilled expectations, RBK leader Prof. James Ole Kiyiapi observed that the real challenge facing the country was not legal but political.
Kiyapi emphasised the need to build bridges across the political divide in order to bring all Kenyans together.
Safina leader Paul Muite urged the President-elect and his deputy reach out to all leaders, saying that legal battles will not secure the healing the country requires.
Abduba Dida pledged to support the new Government and called for tolerance and patience among Kenyans.
Present were Jomo Gecaga and the running mates of Prof Ole Kiyapi and Dida – Winnie Kaburu and Joshua Odongo Onono respectively.