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Uhuru pledges to reach out to rivals if declared winner

Oliver Musembi and PSCU @PeopleDailyKe

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will reach out to his opponents if declared the winner of yesterday’s election. Speaking at Mutomo Primary School in Gatundu South, Kiambu county, after casting his vote, Uhuru said whoever wins the election has a duty of fostering national healing and unity after divisive campaigns.

“It is the responsibility of whoever is elected to tackle ethnic divisions, an issue that we must continue to fight as we forge ahead in nation building. We cannot progress if we remain bogged down by tribal politics,”said the President.

At the same time, he termed yesterday’s repeat election as an indication that Kenya’s democracy has matured. “The fact that we’ve come from a presidential election nullification, accepted it and gone back to the ballot is an example of the country’s democratic maturity which should be emulated by other nations,” he said.

Noting that 90 percent of the country was calm and voting peacefully, the President reiterated that those who are against the election should not interfere with Kenyans who are exercising their constitutional rights.

He said the country should remain united despite the prevailing political tensions. The President, who cast his vote at around 11am, was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and area MP Moses Kuria.

The President once again assured Kenyans of adequate security, saying IEBC officials must be allowed to conduct their duties. “Those who want to vote should be allowed to vote.

Those who do not want to vote, it is also their right. But no right supersedes the other,” he said. He affirmed his commitment to inclusivity in his transformation agenda that seeks to economically empower all Kenyans.

The President also emphasised the need for all Kenyans to embrace peace, shun ethnicity and live together in harmony. “We must remove ethnicity that is curtailing our progress. We have to work together to achieve the country’s development targets,” said Uhuru.

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