Uhuru, Ruto laud NASA for filing petition
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have lauded the move by the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders to file a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the results of the presidential poll.
The President and Deputy President-elect, who were flanked by Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and Nairobi Governor-elect Mike Sonko, were speaking at a church service at Ngong Cathedral in Kajiado County where they hailed the NASA for their commitment to solving electoral disputes through channels provided for by the Constitution.
“Although we have differences in opinion, it is impressive that leaders are committed to following the rule of law while addressing such issues, disputes arising from elections can always be solved through legal means,” DP Ruto said.
President Kenyatta said that Kenyans should continue with their normal routines and should stay clear of tension sparked by any politician.
“There is no need for tension or fear, Kenya will still be there after elections. Let leaders deal with their political issues. Kenya was there before the election and it will continue to exist after the polls,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State congratulated Kenyans for conducting a peaceful election noting that the country was maturing democratically and thanked Kajiado residents for maintaining peace in the largely cosmopolitan county.
“Kajiado is an example to Kenyans, despite hosting different communities, it was the only Cosmopolitan County whose residents were not drawn in the 2007/2008 post-election violence,” President Kenyatta said.
Sonko and Lenku appealed to Kenyans to embrace peace and shun activities that can disrupt their peaceful co-existence.
“Let’s embrace peace and harmonious relations because politics come and go but our development is there to stay,” Ole Lenku said.
“Politics is like rainy clouds, where they come and go but normal life continues,” Sonko said.
The opposition filed a 25,000 page petition challenging the presidential results at the Supreme Court on Friday August 18.
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