NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 -“It is not a matter of life and death. We have won before; we have lost before. Uhuru Kenyatta lost in 2002, we are not dead. We are here,” were the words of Deputy President William Ruto during an interview on Capital in the Morning show.
The Deputy President said Kenya must move on peacefully despite the outcome of next month’s General Election.
“If another person’s loses in this election, it will not be the end of the world. There is a Kenya tomorrow and there is another opportunity,” he said.
He urged Kenyans to uphold peace, whether their preferred candidate is declared the winner or not.
“I want to persuade every Kenyan… our supporters in Jubilee and those of our friends in NASA, nobody should tell you that the world will come to an end if they do not win. It will not come to an end,” asserted.
He said the country’s steady development must not be put at risk or lives lost, like what happened in 2007-2008, where more than a 1,000 lives were lost and 600,000 others displaced.
The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission has since assured that the exercise will be free, transparent and verifiable.
To ensure there is peace, police officers have received specialised training on how to deal with any eventuality before, during and after general election set for next month, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has revealed.
Besides mapping out of specific areas where violence is likely to erupt, the IG said the police will act decisively and swiftly to ensure law and order is maintained.
“In the unlikely event that violence breaks out in any part of the country, our response will be quick and depending with what comes out, our response will be measured in strict compliance of the law and according to the situation that would have emerged,” the police chief said.
On July 14, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned politicians fomenting violence ahead of next month’s General Election to desist or prepare to face the full force of the law, saying his government will not tolerate impunity.
“I am issuing a stern warning to those who imagine they have the right to displace some people, kill or to steal other people’s property. Let them know they are dreaming because Kenyans must live in peace,” the President warned.
He urged Kenyans to cooperate with security forces while emphasising the need for political tolerance across the country.