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December 11, 2018

Ruto praises Kenyans for peace, tolerance during elections

Depury president William Ruto with his wife Rachel during a service at Faith Evangelists Ministries Family Church in Karen, Nairobi, January 14, 2018. /DPPS
Depury president William Ruto with his wife Rachel during a service at Faith Evangelists Ministries Family Church in Karen, Nairobi, January 14, 2018. /DPPS

Kenyans demonstrated a matured democracy when they upheld peace during and after last year's general election.

Deputy President William Ruto said this on Sunday when he praised the public for the tolerance they exercised.

He said the promotion of peace among diverse ethnic communities and religious groups also showed unity among Kenyans.

But violent protests rocked NASA strongholds in counties including Nairobi, KIsumu, Homa Bay, Migori and Siaya.

This was after presidential candidate Raila Odinga termed the election a sham and claimed IEBC and President Uhuru Kenyatta would rig.

There was tension as police as police camped in towns, armed with tear guns and water canon trucks. This was primarily because of fear of a repeat of the 2007/8 post-election violence, during which at least 1,300 people died while more than 600,000 were internally displaced.

In his address at a church service on Sunday, Ruto urged Christians to remain steadfast and continue to pray for peace and unity.

The DP thanked religious leaders for their prayers and love and for ensuring sustainable peace.

He noted prayers were key to solving problems and expressed optimism that God will continue to hold the country together as the government implements its development agenda.

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Speaking at Faith Evangelists Ministries Family Church in Karen, Nairobi, Ruto said the country was peaceful because Kenyans were prayerful.

“As a country we must be united and hope for a better future. It is our prayer that God gives us favour this year. We thank Christians for praying for this country. We don’t take it for granted."

Ruto, who was with his wife Rachel, further noted the need for Christians to show compassion for the sake of peace.

He wished Kenyans God’s blessings and prosperity and urged them to continue to coexist peacefully.

Ruto also asked Kenyans to continue supporting the government as it seeks to implement policies and programmes that will uplift their living standards.

Bishop Teresia Wairimu told Christians to demonstrate love to their neighbours, promote peaceful coexistence and pray for the country. 

“We went through hard times last year because of elections but because of our prayers, we are enjoying peace and unity."

Bishop Wairimu expressed concern about road accidents and urged motorists to be careful.

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