, NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 22 – Calls for unity and harmony took centre stage in the 39th memorial service of the nation’s founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, with the leaders who spoke led by President Uhuru Kenyatta asking Kenyans to remain united.
Speaking at St Stephens Church at Jogoo Road, President Kenyatta who equated his father’s character to that of embracing diversity, urged Kenyans to continue to exhibit tolerance even as they await the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case filed by the Opposition to challenge the legitimacy of the presidential election.
“We celebrate the life of a man who enjoyed the diversity of our different cultures but recognised the importance of people speaking in one voice and working together as Kenyan people and I believe this is the foundation that we will build our nation.”
“Without unity and the respect of our diversity even our development agenda is not attainable,” said President Kenyatta.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) last Friday moved to the Supreme Court where they filed a petition challenging the outcome of the 2017 presidential election on the basis that it was marred by irregularities.
The Head of State said that it was healthy for individuals to have different opinions and asked Kenyans to forget about the past and join hands in building a better nation.
“There is no single Kenyan who went to the ballot and made a mistake, every Kenyan voted where they desired but there comes a time when a decision is made and then we move together as a people focused on a one common dream of prosperity for our nation,” said President Kenyatta.
Deputy President William Ruto who was also present during the service emphasised the need for unity in the country.
“We must build bridges of brotherhood, friendship and unity of the entirety of the nation of Kenya,” said Ruto.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko also added his voice on the subject and asked Kenyans to remain steadfast in championing for peace in the country.
The memorial service brought together family members, friends and government officials.