The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has urged Kenyans to maintain peace even after the announcement of the President-elect.
Speaking on Monday, NCIC Chairman Samuel Kobia called upon the winner to reach across the divide to forge a path forward.
“We would like to call on the winner to be magnanimous & reach across the divide to make peace & forge a way forward. We ask for the runner up to be dignified and be treated with decorum,” Kobia stated
The commission lauded leaders who have already conceded defeat in the election.
“We commend every leader who has peaceably accepted defeat as well as those who are seeking legal redress peacefully.”
Kobia appealed to Kenyans to refrain from insulting each other irrespective of their political inclination.
“We urge all of us to keep the peace and to remember we are all brothers and sisters and Kenya needs us to remain so,” he said
The Commission said that any issues that may arise after the announcement should be addressed by the courts to allow justice in the electoral process.
“This all important announcement will shape the future of our country but it is not a do or die situation by any stretch of the imagination. Kenya will move on successfully no matter who is president therefore our people need not worry,” Kobia said
He however noted that the country has been peaceful throughout the campaign period.