, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3- President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the country that he will lead a peaceful campaign as he seeks a second term in office.
Speaking in Kwale County during the leadership summit on 2017 polls organised by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the President committed to also ensure that all those who will be vying various political seats under the Jubilee Party will do it peacefully.
“For us to sustain the achievements we have made during the past 3 years, we need peace and stability,” the President asserted, before adding that “Holding a free and fair elections lead to the establishment of a legitimate Government. It makes Members of Parliament accountable to the voters and contribute to the deepening of democratic systems of Governing ourselves.”
He also urged his competitors to lead what he described as an “issue-based” campaign that is not personalized for the peace and stability to be maintained in the country.
“Ensuring a free, fair and transparent and credible election process is therefore the first goal that we must all commit to,” he told participants at the summit that was snubbed by Opposition leaders who accused KEPSA of being manipulated by the government.
The President urged the organizers of the summit to reach out to all political leaders—including the Opposition which snubbed the summit, and ensure they commit themselves towards a peaceful campaign.
National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi and his counterpart in the Senate Ekwe Ethuro also urged politicians to focus on real issues.
“We all have a major role to play,” Muturi said.