18 November 2012

Kenya: Turn Out and Register As Voters - Kalonzo

Nairobi — Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has urged Kenyans to take seriously the voter registration exercise set to commence on Monday and register in large numbers.

Musyoka said that the exercise will enable Kenyans to participate in deciding the country's destiny through their democratic right to elect leaders of choice.

He at the same time reminded those who had applied for national identification cards (IDs) to ensure they collect them at the registration of persons offices, noting that there have been reports of many uncollected IDs.

"Kenya is undergoing a complete change and will be a new transformed country after the next general elections, particularly with the implementation of the new constitution," he said.

The vice president was speaking at the African Gospel Church (AGC), Karen in Nairobi where he officiated over the ground breaking ceremony of the new church complex.

Earlier, Musyoka joined the church congregation for a Sunday service conducted by Bishop Robert Langat of AGC-Kenya assisted by Pastor Raymond Tonui.

Echoing Bishop Langat's message in his sermon, the vice president encouraged the church and other faith organizations to take active role in guiding the society to strengthen the foundation of societal pillars that is under threat of destruction.

Musyoka also appealed to leaders to support government decisions aimed at tackling insecurity and restoring public confidence in the ability to restore order and stability in troubled spots.

"We as a government have taken decisive measures to deal with criminals and counter insecurity situation in parts of the country. We cannot allow this nation to go down the drain because of a criminal element threatening the country's peace.

He urged Kenyans to speak freely on matters affecting them including legislation they feel they are not comfortable with since such freedom is enshrined in the country's constitution.

"Under the new Constitution you are allowed to express yourselves freely, if you feel there are legislations that may threaten family values. Speak out and Parliament will also consider amendments to such bills," he added.

VP Press Service

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