Ufungamano Initiative – ONE KENYA ONE PEOPLE: KEEPING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION

Press Statement by Ufungamano Initiative
Thursday, January 17, 2008 by Communications

PRESS STATEMENT BY STEERING COUNCIL ONE KENYA ONE PEOPLE: KEEPING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION
Introduction

Ufungamano Initiative is a forum of religious organizations comprising Anglican Church of Kenya, Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, Hindu Council of Kenya, Kenya Episcopal Conference, Methodist Church in Kenya, National Council of Churches of Kenya, Organisation of African Instituted Churches, Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Salvation Army.

We the undersigned religious leaders drawn from member organizations express our deep concern and sadness about the developments which have taken place since the announcement of the results of the December 2007 general election. At the same time we commend Kenyans for being peaceful during the voting period and for exercising their democratic right in large numbers.

Outcome of General Election

The Electoral Commission of Kenya declared Hon Mwai Kibaki the winner of the presidential election on 30th December 2007 in a closely contested general election. Following this declaration, Hon Mwai Kibaki was issued with a certificate by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and he was sworn in as the President of the Republic of Kenya on the same day at State House.

The rejection of the presidential results by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) aggravated the violence that had erupted as a result of delay of announcement of the results. Consequently, more than 600 Kenyans, mostly in Coast, Nairobi, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Provinces, have lost their lives.

As we speak, more killings and destruction of property are continuing. More than 250,000 people have been displaced and are now depending on well wishers for food, clothes and property. In addition to loss of lives and property, the country has lost billions of shillings in the economy because normal business has been interrupted in both urban and rural areas.

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