National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has urged Kenyans to maintain peace during and after the highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling on Friday.
The opposition chief, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Kisumu governor Anyang Nyong’o on Thursday at the burial of late Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko’s wife, Christabel told Kenyans that the ruling will not be the end of life.
Raila filed a petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory on grounds that the August 8th vote was marred by massive irregularities.
Demonstrations rocked Nasa strongholds in Nairobi, Homa Bay and Kisumu following the declaration of President Uhuru as the winner on August 11th. Unclear number of people lost their lives during the demos as police tussled with the the demonstrators to try and regain normalcy.
“Whatever happens today, we are winners. Go to church and temples to give thanks to God.
“A soldier lives to fight another battle. Therefore, today the world is not coming to an end.” The message read by Nyong’o read.
Justice David Maraga and six other Supreme Court judges are expected to deliver the verdict of Raila’s petition of Friday.
Raila further noted that peace is crucial for the country’s unity and development.
The former Prime Minister eulogised Christabel as a true patriot and mentor of many people in Kisumu and the country.
In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Christabel served the country with distinction and dedication.
“Her death is a big loss to her family and the whole country. She was a kind-hearted and caring public servant,” he said in the message read by Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed.