President Uhuru Kenyatta led Kenyans on Saturday (15/07/17) in celebrating the life of the late Interior Cabinet Secretary, Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery, in Bisil, Kajiado County.
President Uhuru urged Kenyans to be tolerant of each other regardless of political affiliation.
“I urge all of you to remain peaceful, to stay united and remember that everyone has a democratic right to campaign anywhere around the country. Once you vote, go home and wait for the results and let life move on,” the Head of State indicated.
Uhuru also condemned the recent incidents where leaders were jeered by rowdy youths in different parts of the country.
“True democracy is allowing others to express themselves during this period. Allow them to speak even if you don’t like them. There is, therefore, no need to fight or abuse one another on social media platforms as that will not secure you any votes. Wait for elections day and vote, and vote as you’d please,” he noted.
Uhuru also recalled his last moments with the departed CS and pledged to support the family.
Former Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Lowassa who also attended the burial asked Kenyans to uphold peace during and after the August General Election.
“Kenya is the most developed country in East Africa. My brother Nkaissery was a peaceful person. I urge you all to emulate him especially during this political season. Let’s not repeat the past mistakes (the 2007/2008 post election violence),” said Lowassa.
Others present at the funeral held in Kajiado County was Deputy President William Ruto, NASA Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga, plus several politicians and senior government officials.
Nkaissery died suddenly last Saturday morning in what postmortem results showed was heart failure.
Nkaissery was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly from 2002 to 2014, when he resigned to take up a position as the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government.
He was also a senior elder of the Maasai community.