South Rift leaders call for the president and opposition leader to reconcile
Leaders in South Rift led by KANU secretary general Mr. Nick Salat have appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition leader, Mr. Raila Odinga to reconcile and unify Kenyans.
Salat said the duo should use the burial ceremony of Eldoret Catholic Diocese Bishop, the late Cornelius Kipng’eno Korir this Saturday in Eldoret to reconcile and unite Kenyans.
Salat and clerics drawn from Rift Valley said the duo could use the burial session as a reward to the late Bishop in putting the country first for the sake of peace.
Addressing mourners at a mass at the home of the late Bishop Korir at Segutiet Catholic parish, in Bomet County, KANU secretary General, said it was the late Bishop Korir’s wish for the President and Mr. Odinga to work together.
The mass was organised by the Catholic Diocese of Kericho in remembrance of the late Bishop who was a resident of Bomet County.
The leaders said the political animosities as a result of nullification of the presidential election of August 8and repeat of the exercise on October 26 should not be used to divide Kenyans.
Salat said the late Bishop passed on while still longing for the duo to come together, thus, the leaders should use the burial ceremony to embrace peace.
Retired Major General John Koech while addressing the mourners said the repeat presidential election was over and Kenyans should leave the Supreme Court to determine the petitions before it on the repeat poll and should stop antagonizing each other.
Koech said the hard stance between the President Uhuru and Mr. Odinga would affect development activities in the country and it was time for the duo to reconcile and work as a team arguing this would set a good example for Kenyans to emulate.
Fr.Wilhelm Sambu of Segutiet catholic parish and his Siongiroi parish counterpart, Fr. Christopher Rotich echoed Koech’s sentiments and said the leaders should set aside their political differences for the nation to move forward in achieving stability in its economic growth.
Fr. Rotich said the nation should start the healing process for posterity.
By Joseph Obwocha