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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,21ST SEPT ,2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday urged Kenyans to commit themselves to promoting peace and embrace the diversity of those with different ideologies and beliefs.
In his message during the International Day of Peace which was marked on Friday, Uhuru urged Kenyans to accept within their midst those who belong to different races and ethnicity or hold different religious beliefs.
“Fellow Kenyans, let us today commit ourselves anew to promoting peace, embracing those who are different from us, whether by ethnicity, race, or religion,” Uhuru said in a tweet.
The head of state said Kenyans have over the past century forged a national culture founded on a powerful commitment to peace that has sustained the country in times of discord and conflict.
Uhuru said Kenya’s commitment to peace has enabled it to champion peaceful conflict resolution in countries affected by war in the region.
“We are committed, as citizens and as a nation, to remain good neighbours and to continue to stand with all those threatened and victimised by violent conflict,” Uhuru said.
coincidentally the marking of the International Day of Peace came on a day Kenya was marking the fifth anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack that left 69 people dead.
Uhuru said Kenya will never forget all those who lost their lives on that day. “We were hurt deeply by our losses but Kenya was unbowed,” he said.
The president said Kenya’s resolve to pursue terrorists, their networks and facilitators in and outside its borders remains unrelenting.
“It is a war that we shall not let up, until the day that extremists understand that attacking Kenya is futile for their cause shall never dent the shining destiny of a free and proud people,” Uhuru said.
The president also asked Kenyans to fight with determination and ferocity against anyone who would dare attack the country’s peace.
“We have a precious legacy to strengthen and hand to our children: a peaceful, prosperous and just country, united in defence of all those who call her home,” Uhuru said.
The president also held a meeting under the building peace initiative at state house Nairobi.It brought together among others Garrisa Senator Yusuf Haji and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.