Kenyan president appeals for peace ahead of August polls

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (front) addresses a televised news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, March 15, 2020. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced stringent measures to help contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus after two new cases were confirmed on Sunday. Sub-Saharan Africa reported more novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Sunday amid stronger countermeasures against the pandemic. (Xinhua)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (front) addresses a televised news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, March 15, 2020. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced stringent measures to help contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus after two new cases were confirmed on Sunday. Sub-Saharan Africa reported more novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Sunday amid stronger countermeasures against the pandemic. (Xinhua)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday appealed to all citizens to embrace peace and unity as the country gears up for the forthcoming general election in August.

Kenyatta, who spoke during the 19th edition of the National Annual Prayer Breakfast in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, stressed that the increasing tempo of politics must not make the country lose focus on the task of building the nation.

“As we engage in the upcoming contest this year, we know that the task of building a nation is one that is passed from generation to generation.

Generations and generations of leaders are, therefore, called upon to pass the baton unbroken and I intend to do just that,” he said.

A disputed presidential election in December 2007 sparked tribal clashes that left more than 1,300 people dead and thousands injured.

The East African nation will go to the polls on Aug. 9 to elect a new president and national lawmakers, as well as the governors and assemblies of its 47 counties.

The August election is set to be contested between major coalition agreements, Kenya Kwanza headed by Deputy President William Ruto and Azimio la Umoja which is led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga with backing from Kenyatta.

Kenyatta is serving his second and final term in office. Enditem

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