18 February 2013

Kenya: Kibaki, Raila Attend Burial of Kiambu Church Leader

President Kibaki has asked presidential candidates not to use abusive language in their campaign rallies in the run-up to the March 4 general election. Instead, the President told them to focus promoting their policies.

"No one should come out and say 'this is my time to rule'. Sell your policies to Kenyans in your rallies and wait for them to decide on election day," Kibaki said.

The President was speaking on Friday at the funeral of African Independent Pentecostal Church of Kenya Archbishop Evanson Ndung'u in Nazareth, Limuru.

Present at the burial were Prime Minister Raila Odinga, assistant minister Ferdinand Waititu, Limuru MP Peter Mwathi, parliamentary aspirant John Kiragu and governor hopefuls William Kabogo and James Nyoro.

"I will retire when my time comes. The one who will be elected should be committed and serve God and Kenyans diligently," Kibaki said.

Kibaki, who seemed aware of the rift between Kabogo and Nyoro, said that aspirants should stop fighting and instead resolve their problems amicably.

Kabogo has sued Nyoro over the use of The National Alliance party symbols and colours on his campaign posters. Kabogo says Nyoro is in Narc, which has no stake in the Jubilee Alliance.

Raila said he has no grudge against the Kikuyu community. He said worked with several Kikuyus including Kenneth Matiba, Charles Rubia and Paul Muite during the struggle for the second liberation.

Raila said when in 2002 he declared "Kibaki tosha", he was aware the President was a Kikuyu. "I have also worked with him for the last five years in the coalition government," Raila said.

Archbishop Ndung'u died last week. He had taken over the mantle to lead the church from the late Archbishop Samson Mwangi Gaitho in July 2011.

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