Monday, March 11, 2013Former Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Ali has congratulated
President elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after being
declared winners in the general election.
Abdiweli called on the losers in the election to concede defeat so
that the country could immediately embark on reconciliation and for the
economy to start picking up.
“I wish to congratulate Uhuru and Ruto for their win and Kenyans for
maintaining peace during the electioneering period,” Abdiweli said.
In a message delivered through Party of National Unity (PNU) chairman
Mr Joseph Cherorot on Sunday, Abdiweli said that the fact that the
election had been concluded in a peaceful manner was a clear
demonstration to the entire world that Kenyans had embraced the full
tenets of democracy.
“In any election, there are winners and losers. What is important now
is for the former opponents to come together and take the country to
the next level in the socio-economic and political front,” He said.
The former Prime Minister said that Kenya had reclaimed its former
position as a highland of peace in the African region and that the
stability that has been witnessed would have a positive bearing on
Somalia which is under reconstruction after decades of war.
“Kenya is a strategic country in the East African region and it is
important that the government that will be installed as President Mwai
Kibaki prepares to exit the stage after 10 years in power,roots for
peace, integration and economic development,” Abdiweli said.
He said that political leaders should avoid blame games but seek to re-unite the people for the sake of posterity.
Uhuru was declared the winner on Friday by Independent Electoral and
Boundaries Commission chairman Mr Isaack Hassan after four days of vote
counting and tallying.
But Prime Minister Raila Odinga who contested the Presidency under
the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy has rejected the results and
said he would move to the Supreme Court to seek for its nullification.