DP Ruto vows there will never be political violence again
18 April 2016, 11:25
Nakuru - Deputy President William Ruto has promised that there will never be political violence again in the country.
He was speaking after the thanksgiving rally held Saturday in Nakuru town to celebrate his collapsed ICC case.
Ruto told both losers and beneficiaries of the 2007 post polls violence to forget the chaos that rocked the country following the disputed election since the ICC chapter is now closed, Daily Nation reports.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who led Kenyans in the Saturday celebrations, cautioned leaders against hate speech and incitement.
All six Kenyans who were implicated with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court have been acquitted.
President Kenyatta, whose case was dropped last year, said the ordeal he went through was painful, but he has no bitterness and has forgiven his accusers.
“It has been a painful journey for all of us. Many lost life and many properties were destroyed. As leaders, we have said that we will never go back to that route,” said the President. “We would not wish any Kenyan to go through the experience we have had at the ICC.”
The Deputy President said the country through went a shameful chapter during the post-election violence during which many lives were lost and a lot of property was destroyed.
“Unfortunately innocent people were framed as responsible for what happened,” said the DP. “All those events are written in the worst chapter of Kenya’s history,” the DP added.
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According to PSCU, the Deputy President urged Kenyans to forgive each other and build bridges of friendship to forge a stronger nation.
He said Kenya’s happy days are in the future and called on some leaders to stop attempts to open issues of the past with an aim to create frictions.
“Let us pick up from where we are and move forward. There are many who want us to be prisoners and hostages of what happened in the past,” said the DP.
Rev Bishop Mark Kariuki who led clergy from all regions of the country in the thanksgiving prayers, cautioned leaders against ignite hatred by reminding Kenyans of issues they have reconciled over.
“Do not take us back because we those who were affected have forgiven each other,” he said, while also pointing out that Nakuru was the most affected county during the post election violence.
“For decades, Nakuru has been affected by violence; but now there is a new dawn of peace and tranquility. We have come out of those times and we are looking ahead at prosperity,” he said.