Leaders urged to focus on peace


President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have asked leaders to focus on activities that promote peace and harmonious relations among communities across the country.

They said leaders should continue upholding the spirit of peace, national healing, and reconciliation as a means to realize social and economic prosperity.

They said it is only through peace and reconciliation that Kenyans can live together as brothers and sisters irrespective of tribal and political affiliations.

The Deputy President who read a condolence message on behalf of the President made the remarks on Tuesday, during the burial of the late Rose Kisama, former nominated MCA, Uasin Gishu County, held in Kibiko village, Ngong, Kajiado County.

Present were Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), deputy governors Evelyn Aruasa (Narok) and Daniel Chemno (Uasin Gishu).

Others were MPs George Sunkuya (Kajiado West), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Naomi Shaban (Taveta), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Janet Sitienei (Turbo), Ken Aramat (Narok West), Sabina Chege (Women Rep, Muranga), Janet Teiya (Women Rep, Kajiado) and John Mwirigi (Igembe South).

President Kenyatta described the late Kisama as a true patriot of peace and reconciliation.

He said the late Kisama who took up the role of peace and reconciliation ambassador in Uasin Gishu after the 2007/8-post-election violence demonstrated her commitment, selflessness, and dedication in preaching peace among different communities in the region.

“The late Kisama also invested her time and resources in helping the less fortunate members of the society,” said President Kenyatta.

Dr Ruto said: “As leaders, we should dedicate our energies in preaching peace and unity of all Kenyans. I want to give the commitment of President Uhuru Kenyatta and myself to the unity of this country.”

The Deputy President said the Jubilee Party was formed on the platform of uniting the country and not to win elections, saying as leaders they will not relent in achieving their mission.

“Jubilee Party was not formed so as to win elections but to unite and develop this country. We resolved to eliminate the politics of hatred and tribalism and ensure Kenya is peaceful and stable. That’s our commitment,” said Dr Ruto.

He said Jubilee would guard the peace in the country from those who engage in divisive politics and tribalism to achieve their selfish ends.

Speaker after speaker praised the role played by the late Kisama in the search for peace in North Rift region.

Dr Ruto described the late Kisama as a genuine peace crusader who invested heavily in the search for reconciliation among all communities in many parts of the country.

“The late Kisama was an ambassador of peace in many extraordinary ways as witnessed after the 2007/8-post-election violence. She was always thinking about church, orphans, and projects that changed the lives of Kenyans,” said Dr. Ruto.

Governor Mandago on his part said: “Ms. Kisama was a true ambassador of peace worth being emulated.”

Governor Kimemia said peace was key for the development of the country.

He described the late Ms. Kisama as peace ambassador who tirelessly joined hands with other leaders in preaching peaceful coexistence among communities especially in Uasin Gishu County after the 2007/8-post-election violence.

Governor Waititu asked Kenyans to stop propaganda aimed at unfairly tarnishing names of leaders.

MPs Kuria and Sudi on behalf of their colleagues called for peaceful coexistence among different communities across the country.

Mr. Sudi said the late Kisama was sociable to members of the society irrespective of their status, saying her crusade for peace in Uasin Gishu County were commendable.