Institutions involved in the electoral process during this electioneering period have been urged to discharge their mandate with integrity and honesty.
Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Martha Koome said the institutions are expected to adhere to the Constitution and the law, as well as ensure that electoral justice prevails and the best candidates be the ones who will carry the day.
“State officers and public officers involved in the administration of elections, institutions of governance, our leaders, and all those who serve the nation in various capacities are expected to serve people with grace and dignity,” said Koome.
The CJ made the remarks during the 19th National Prayer Breakfast Meeting held at Safari Park Hotel on Thursday that was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Members of Parliament and Members of the Senate, clergy and several dignitaries to pray for the nation.
While praying for the nation, the CJ who urged Kenyans to avoid corruption practices during voting, as well as fraud and deceit, said no Kenyan should be subjected to violence, be displaced or lose their property or loved ones due to electoral violence.
“This is a time when all Kenyans should adhere to the values enshrined in the Constitution, respect one another so that all may embrace peace since the country belongs to all of Kenyans and not politicians,” she stated.
Koome added, “No one has a right to rob another of their peace and dignity. How I pray that the campaigns will be devoid of name calling but that of issue-oriented and not personality-driven.”
She also prayed that no Kenyan will incite another to violence, saying that whenever there will be disagreements, people should seek fair and just resolution according to the rule of law and not to turn to extra judicial means.
By Bernadette Khaduli