He said that Kenya’s faith leaders urge those aggrieved by the results, which IEBC announced to challenge them “through the normal process; don't challenge through the streets because that will destroy the Kenya we all want to build.”
“Our message even for those who are celebrating now, is to celebrate responsibly knowing Kenya belongs to all of us,” the ACK Primate said during the August 15 press briefing by religious leaders in Kenya.
He reached out to the President-elect, saying, “And the one who has been given the mandate to lead this nation, our prayer is that he is going to embrace everybody, those who elected him and those who did not because Kenya belongs to all of us.”
“We have an economy to grow and we can grow that economy when every Kenyan participates,” Archbishop Ole Sapit said.
“We also want to urge that the whole country be kept together so that we are able to be a nation that will continue to thrive,” he said.
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The Kenyan Anglican Archbishop reached out to religious leaders in Kenya, saying, “For the faith leaders, we all stand in solidarity with the Kenyan people.”
“Actually, we are here because of the Kenyan people: the children born and unborn, those vulnerable in every community, those who need their services and that is why as faith organizations we always complement government efforts to ensure that services are rendered to the Kenyan people in the best way,” he said.
“We urge every Kenyan to remember that you count yourself as a winner when we maintain peace because it is in peace that we can grow and thrive together. God bless Kenya,” Archbishop Ole Sapit said.
Meanwhile, speaking after being declared President-elect of Kenya, Dr. Ruto lauded Kenya’s faith leaders for playing a proactive role in the country’s electoral process and urged them to continue praying for the East African nation.
“Let me thank the religious leaders who were part of this process right from the beginning,” Dr. Ruto said August 15 at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, explaining that for the first time, “we saw religious leaders spend time at this tallying center, and prayed for this process.”
“I am sure their prayers will not be in vain,” he said.
Religious leaders drawn from various faith groups have been present at the Bomas of Kenya to observe the tallying process since polling day on August 9.
In their message read out at the tallying center on election day, faith-based leaders representing the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) urged the IEBC to demonstrate high levels of transparency, accuracy and accountability in the vote tallying process.
“It will be an affront to Kenyans if the ballots they cast so faithfully are miscounted,” they said.
In his maiden speech as President-elect on August 15, Mr. Ruto who has served as Kenya’s Deputy President since April 2013 thanked his “worthy competitor”, Mr. Odinga, “for a campaign that we all dwelt on issues and we all tried to sell an agenda to the people of Kenya."
He promised to work with all leaders in Kenya "so that we can fashion a country that leaves nobody behind."
"What the people of Kenya have done is to assign us responsibilities. There will be those of us who will be in the executive but there will be some of us who will oversee what we do in the executive. Both responsibilities in government, and the opposition are important for the people of Kenya," Dr. Ruto said.
He assured Kenyans that there will be "no room for vengeance" on those who wronged him.
The President-elect said, “I know many are wondering, especially those who have done many things against us; they have nothing to fear. There is no room for vengeance, for looking back, we are looking into the future."
"I am acutely aware that our country is at a stage where we need all hands on deck to move it forward. We do not have the luxury to look back, to point fingers. We must close ranks and work together for a functioning, democratic, prosperous Kenya,” Dr. Ruto said.