President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to shun violence and work in unity for the greater good of the nation.
Joining thousands of mourners during the burial of the late Eldoret Catholic Diocese Bishop Cornelius Korir on Saturday (11/11/17), President-elect Uhuru reiterated that Kenyans must maintain peace and learn to work together.
“Let us all today reflect in the life of this great man and agree that we all can leave here today and each one of us becomes an instrument of peace by remembering that we’re each other’s keeper and we have no other country, therefore, we must learn to work together and always maintain peace,” Uhuru said.
Uhuru said he is ready to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court which overturned his win during the August 8 General Election, consequently ordering a fresh presidential poll.
“For the first time in Africa, we are showing our maturity as a nation. That yes we can disagree but we’ll wait for the processes laid down in law to resolve our problems,” he pointed out.
The Head of State urged Kenyans to emulate the example set by the late bishop in order to achieve sustainable peace in the country.
“As we’ve been told, let us all do everything we can to emulate him. Let us emulate his respect for human dignity, his respect for people regardless of their colour or ethnicity and his deep desire to see a peaceful and united Kenya,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto remembered Bishop Korir as a crusader for unity urging Kenyans to emulate his ways.
“When Bishop exposed his stand on issues, political correctness and convenience was not part of his script. He said it unapologetically and we all came to appreciate that he spoke, he meant what he said.
“I say here without fear of contradiction that the Bishop taught us to refuse, resist and reject division, hate and violence and that is why we celebrate him today as a champion of peace,” DP Ruto indicated.
Bishop Korir died Monday last week following a short illness.