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Kenyans urged to stay calm and let Supreme Court decide petition

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The African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA) has urged Kenyans to stay calm and accept whatever decision will come from the Supreme Court on the presidential election petition. 

The church is advising citizens not to let passions threaten the peace that has been held since last month when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati declared Deputy President William Ruto President-elect.

Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga has challenged the electoral commission’s declaration of Dr Ruto as the president-elect.

In a statement by Bishop Naphtali Thuku of Nakuru North Diocese, the Church also commended the leading political lights for calling on their supporters to maintain peace as the seven-member Supreme Court arbitrates the dispute.

The seven judges of the Supreme Court, AIPCA added, must treat the dispute fairly to infuse confidence in the process.

“Anything short of Kenyans accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court may upset the peace. Proverbs 16 verse 23 states that wise people always think before they speak, so what they say is worth listening to. Kind words are like honey, they are easy to accept and good for your health,” the statement read in part.

While indicating that judges and the protagonists in the legal suit hold the key to continued peace AIPCA called on Kenyans to remain tolerant and accommodate one another as the country awaits Supreme Court’s decision due on Monday, September 5.

Bishop Thuku said the prevailing peace was important for stability, revitalization of the economy and management of the high cost of living.

“Kenya badly needs peace and harmony even after the decision of the Supreme Court. The existing peace and patience must persist for Kenya to heal and move forward,” he said.

While prevailing upon politicians to exercise restraint and use uniting language as the presidential petition is determined by the Supreme Court, the church maintained that every Kenyan is a winner despite their political differences. Bishop Thuku stated that AIPCA would crusade for democratic, accountable and transparent leadership from the incoming government once a new head of state is sworn-in.

“We look forward to a leadership that will guarantee a fair distribution of resources,” he said.

AIPCA urged incoming governors to strengthen accountability systems to seal all loopholes that permit embezzlement of public funds and other malpractices.

“The church expects the governors to strengthen internal controls in public procurement, capital project management, staff recruitment and payment of pending bills. These are some of the high corruption risk areas,” said the cleric.

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