BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,7TH AUG 2022-Candidates seeking elective seats thronged churches across the country ahead of Tuesday’s hotly contested general election.
With curtains falling on the official campaign season Saturday, the candidates sought divine intervention among them the two frontrunners in the August 9 presidential election.
Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate, Martha Karua Sunday joined the Christian faithful at the KICC for interdenominational prayers for the country.
They were accompanied by their immediate families and top principals led by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
During the special prayers, the leaders and the clergy urged Kenyans to maintain peace during and after the polls.
“We feel very privileged to participate in this special prayer. We want a peaceful country where no life should be lost. We want to see this country united. You’re a Kenyan first before you become a member of your ethnic community” Raila appealed.
Deputy President William Ruto who is leading the Kenya Kwanza Coalition worshipped at Jesus Teaching Ministry in Kayole, Nairobi County with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi. Other hopefuls are Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja, Kimani Ichungwah, Millicent Omanga, Njoroge Muchiri, Francis Mureithi among others.
Earlier, Ruto who is facing stiff competition from his primary challenger Raila met with observers from the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute led by former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano.
He was accompanied by Amb. Johnnie Carson, Donna Lease Brazile, Randy Scheunemann, Scott Mastic and Richard Klein.
“We appreciate the people of goodwill who want to journey with us during this election period. It is our belief that Kenya should advance its democracy and always strive to get better” he told the envoys.
The two leaders flanked by supporters Saturday sought to make their final push for votes in mega rallies held in the capital city Nairobi under tight security, capping months of frenetic campaigning ahead of the August 9 polls.
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC has cautioned political candidates against conducting any form of political campaigns following the expiry of the official campaigning period.
In a statement, IEBC said the official campaign period expired yesterday 6th August at 6pm, and any candidate conducting campaigns outside this period will be in breach of the electoral code of conduct.
The commission registered political aspirants between the 29th May and 7th June which also marked the commencement of the campaign period up to 48 hours to the general election date on the 9th August 2022.
Millions of Kenyans will Tuesday choose the next president, as well as senators, governors, National Assembly representatives, women representatives and some 1,500 county officials.