The predominant Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities that have been at loggerheads due to their different voting patterns in previous elections were on March 4 polls determined to bury their hatchet through the ballot.
Residents of areas which were earmarked as hotspot during the last general election has embraced coexistence between the warring communities in the last general elections and thanked the merging between the president elect and his deputy.
According to the residents of Ndeffo area in Njoro constituency Nakuru County have exuded lasting peace between the Kalenjin and Kikuyu and urged them to live to their call for peace and unity of all Kenyans.
Other areas like Molo, Kuesoi, Burnt Forest and Njoro which bore the brunt of the skirmishes during electioneering period since advent of multi-party politics in 1992, have remained peaceful since the election campaigns started mid last year
“With the elections ending soon and people staying put without going back to their cradleland as we have experienced in the last elections and think this is the best move for our country.” Daniel Sigilai said.
The Kenya National Organisation for Victims of Ethnic Clashes (Knovec) led by Daniel Kazengwa and residents, have also called for ICC to drop the charges against the two leaders as Kenyans have shown faith and trust in them hence no need to pressure and force them to fail in their mandate.
“The victims of the post-election violence have forgiven each other and healing is inevitable therefore ICC cases will not be used to hinder Kenyans from doing and exercising their democratic rights.” Sigilai said.
The IDPs asked the western countries that have threatened to impose sanctions to Kenya over the election of Mr Kenyatta as the country’s fourth president to rescind the decision.
“We are the victims of this country’s worst political crisis and if we have decided to move on with life despite the atrocities that affected us, the western countries must not punish us but instead should support Kenya in its commitment to unite its people,” said Mr Daniel Kezengwa.
They noted that, these cases should not be used to undermine the Kenyan leaders in the international image as they have demonstrated confidence in them.
Naomi Wangui who is a victim of the post-election violence and who lost her retail shop business and her kids during the mayhem congratulated the merging between President elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for their love and humanity in their call for peace.
“I am behind the coalition between the two because we have suffered a lot after each general election but it has emerged the country and Kenyans has accepted to maintain peace.” Wangui said.
The residents noted that, Cord coalition leader should accept the verdict of the Kenyan people and concede defeat instead of creating tension and unnecessary interruption to the peace and harmony demonstrated by Kenyans which have been echoed by international community.
“Even if the Prime Minister will go to court and get ruling, he should not forget that we are the same voters who elected the new leaders and we will not do contrary as we will elect our leaders of choice.” Sigilai said.
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