East Africa

Incoming Uhuru meets outgoing Kibaki

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Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto formally met President Kibaki yesterday, four days after they were declared President-elect and Deputy president-elect by the electoral commission.

The President congratulated the two leaders for their election and wished them success in their new roles, a statement from the Presidential Press Service (PPS) stated.

The Head of State also commended Kenyans and all the candidates who sought elective posts in the general elections for maintaining peace.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto on their part commended President Kibaki for leading the country on a transformative path during his ten-year leadership as Head of State and facilitating a transparent, secure and peaceful transition.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto also held talks with religious leaders at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

Mr Kenyatta is reported to have urged the religious leaders not to align themselves to any side of the political divide that exist now and that will emerge from time to time, but rather hold every leader accountable to a moral and developmental agenda.

He said he was committed to ensuring that all Kenyans are united under the common desire of building a prosperous nation.

Saying that religious leaders are the custodians of conscience, Mr Kenyatta commended them for playing the noble role of calling upon the political leadership to maintain high standards of probity and integrity and to keep to the straight path however narrow it may be.

“I congratulate the religious leadership in our country for the manner in which it has continued to engage the political leadership in all matters of national interest.  My government will nurture this tradition,” he promised.

He used the occasion to urge politicians and all Kenyans to focus on nation building now that elections are over.

On their part, the clergy who included all mainstream faiths called upon Kenyans to focus on building the nation now that the elections are over.

They also thanked Kenyans for maintaining peace in the period before, during and after the elections.

The religious leaders further appealed to wananchi to embrace reconciliation saying that the general election was not aimed at dividing Kenyans but bringing good leaders who will serve the country well.

The religious leaders included, among others, the ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, NCCK Secretary General Peter Karanja, AIC presiding Bishop Silas Yego, Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya Father Vincent Wambugu, SUPKEM head of religious studies Sheikh Mohamed Chebwana Mohamed and Chairman of Inter-religious Council of Kenya who is also the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslim Secretary General Adan Wachu.

pmudibo@ke.nationmedia.com

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