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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI, JANUARY 1,2017- Kenyans gathered at various venues across the country to welcome 2017.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led other leaders in wishing all kenyans the best year ever.In his new year message for all Kenyans, president Kenyatta challenged them to take stock of last year.
“We must be able to remember where we have come from and how much we have achieved even as we continue to urgently undertake a process of transformation during this generation and the ones to come,” President Kenyatta said.
He also used the opportunity to appeal to Kenyans to consider him for another term so he can complete his development agenda.
He said elections will be held in August and reiterated his commitment to ensuring the polls are free of violence besides being free, fair and transparent.
President Kenyatta appealed to Kenyans to be peaceful and to all leaders to preach peace during the campaigns.
Deputy President William Ruto joined thousands of Kenyans at the Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County for the Pamoja concert to usher in the New Year.
“As we usher in 2017, we must remind ourselves that God has given us a great country. It is our responsibility to ensure that we preach peaceful co-existence and unity among Kenyans,” he said.
Mr Ruto called for unity of purpose among citizens.
“We should embrace peace, tolerance and understanding, 2017 being an election year. I expect that Kenyans will renew the mandate of the Jubilee administration as we realise more transformation. I hope that Kenyans exercise their right to vote and that no matter the results, we put the country first,” he said.
Mr Ruto also asked Kenyans to work towards a society they could share and be proud of.
“We are involved in the same enterprise, which is to create a better nation. It is this kind of consciousness that makes sense of the work we do as individuals and with others. It makes our competition more sensible and less acrimonious. It is the path to a better society,” he said.
In Nairobi as well as other counties people gathered at various spots to bid goodbye to 2016.
Some were at churches to thank God for having brought them faithfully at the end of 2016 and asked for safe,peaceful and happy 2017.Many also thronged entertainment clubs and joints to welcome the year in their won unique way not forgettings song and dance as the clock hit midnight.
worshipers attend a church service to usher in new year at Christian Foundation Fellowship in Nairobi PHOTO UPESI NEWS|