Nairobi — President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has extended an olive branch to his competitors, including outgoing PM Raila Odinga, after the hotly contested March 4 presidential election.
Kenyatta told them in his acceptance speech that Kenya needs them to work together and it is only through the cooperation of all that they will be able to change the country.
"I extend a hand of co-operation to you so that together we can serve the Kenyan people. I salute all presidential candidates; they all contributed to ensuring a robust democratic process," he asserted.
He recognised that they all did a lot and worked hard to get the votes they did, especially his closest competitor, Odinga.
Kenyatta who pledged that he will deliver to Kenyans the promises made during his campaigns also urged citizens to be responsible in ensuring that the country remains peaceful.
He said he will immediately start moving the country forward by working hard to ensure development.
"Work begins today. All Kenyans must take personal responsibility. Those celebrating be modest in our victory, those who voted for my opponents let us keep in mind the bigger victory of Kenya. Contenders lose but citizens of a country never lose," he asserted.
He further appealed to Kenyans to revert to their normal duties to ensure the country's development does not drag because of the general election.
"Let us return to our lives, our jobs, businesses and continue making daily decisions that will change this country. I will do my part, I also need every single Kenyan to do their part," Kenyatta said.
Though he said he was looking forward to working with the international community and other nations, he reminded them that Kenya is a sovereign country and asked them to respect that.
He also expressed confidence with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission which he said despite technical challenges faced, it did its best to deliver democratic elections.
Judie is a Special Projects Reporter. She has eight years experience in Journalism in Kenya and Germany. She has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany. She has a soft spot for human rights and justice stories.