Religious leaders from different faiths have met today to reflect on the state of the nation following the ruling on the Presidential poll petition by the Supreme Court yesterday.
Speaking during the event at Ufungamano House, Nairobi, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) Chairman Reverend (Rev) Fr Joseph Mutie congratulated the elected leaders and urged them to take seriously the responsibility Kenyans have bestowed upon them.
He further advised them to focus on wholesome development of the nation and avoid destroying the nation through corruption and selfish gains.
“In the meantime, we urge you to avoid abrasive or excessive celebrations keeping in mind that there are many Kenyans who are wounded and aggrieved. Show them love by not provoking or deliberately hurting them,” cautioned Mutie.
Mutie commended the losing candidates for the desire and determination to be leaders of Kenya and asked them not to lose hope but rise up and identify other ways they can contribute to the welfare of Kenya.
He also called upon the rest of the judiciary to prepare for and ensure justice is done and is seen to be done in the petitions that may be filed touching on the other electoral positions.
“We commend the Supreme Court for concluding the hearing and determination of the presidential poll petition. To the Azimio la Umoja contestant Raila Odinga, we commend you for the great contribution you continue to make as a leader in Kenya. You have demonstrated strong statesmanship in your calls for the rule of law to be respected and upheld,” Mutie stated.
At the same time, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa Archbishop Martin Kivuva urged Kenyans to now focus on their energies on holding the elected leaders to account so that they deliver justice and faithful implementation of the constitution and laws of Kenya as well as policies and strategic plans.
He commended Kenyans on the democratic maturity they have manifested this year by actively and peacefully participating in the 2022 general elections.
“Your commitment to peace and national cohesion is commendable,” said Kivuva.
Meanwhile, Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) General Assembly moderator Rev Thegu Mutahi congratulated the president elect William Ruto and urged him to be a leader of all Kenyans regardless of their political, ethnic or religious leanings by demonstrating justice and equality.
“We are praying for you that God will enable you to inspire confidence, dignity and grace for all Kenyans,” said Mutahi.
By Caroline Mbusa and Ella Elizabeth