President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to Citizen TV's Anne Kiguta on Sunday 22 October. /COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday urged Kenyans to turn up in large numbers and vote on Thursday- in a presidential repeat poll that has been absconded by the opposition alliance NASA.

The head of state said he will respect the decision of those who will boycott the poll saying voting was a single day event that should not split the country.

Kenyatta urged Kenyans to uphold peace before, during and after October 26. He warned the country against being subject to politicians’ incitement for war.

“Even as I urge all Kenyans to come out and vote, those who will vote and those who will not must remember that after October 26 they will still be neighbors and they must continue to live together harmoniously,” President Kenyatta said.

Ruto Acknowledges Nation’s Anxiety

DP William Ruto assured Kenyans that the country will continue on the path of stability after the October 26 fresh presidential poll but urged them to say no to the politics of tribalism and hatred that had the potential of plunging the country into trouble.

“I know there is anxiety in the country. I know there are those who do not know what will happen. But we have come to Nakuru for prayers so that the country can know all is well and that God is in charge. And like He has done before, He will take us across this hurdle,” DP Ruto said.

The DP urged Kenyans to disregard their ethnicity, political affiliation and religious background in ensuring that every talent and every resource in the country is channelled to purposes of unity for prosperity.

He said; “It is our humble prayer to God to spare Kenya and take our country to a new level of progress, growth and stability – a nation where no one will be left behind and a Kenya we can all be proud citizens.”

Among other leaders who attended the prayer feat held at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru town included; Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale and his senate counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen; Governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Ferdinard Waititu (Kiambu), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Samuel Tunai (Narok), Joyce Laboso (Bomet), Mike Mbuvi Sonko (Nairobi) and Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua).

Uhuru’s Plea to Raila

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and the Deputy President’s wife Rachel Ruto were present.

Later in the day, President Uhuru Kenyatta told Citizen TV that his arch rival Raila Odinga had the obligation of respecting those who wanted to participate in the Thursday’s repeat poll peacefully.

“Again as I told my college who we are competing with, you have decided not to be on the ballot, you have decided to ask your supporters to stay away from the ballot. Respect the wishes of those who want to be on the ballot and those that desire to vote on 26th. That is the essence of democracy at the end of the day”