By Steve Sabai
Women of Kenya through African Women Leadership Network, Echo Network Africa and Women Meditation Network applauded Kenyans for remaining calm and maintaining peace before, during and after the general elections 2022.
The women networks noted that after the elections Kenyans went back to their homes and only those engaged in the election process were left at the various polling elections.
AWLN chairperson, Dr. Jeniffer Riria noted that this is an indication that the democracy of the nation is maturing and that Kenyans understand that elections are seasonal and life moves on even after elections.
Dr. Riria thanked the political parties, candidates and their agents and the IEBC for their active duty particular in the elections of Aug 9th 2022 She also added that, “We also thank the International Community and our neighbouring countries for standing with our country. Specifically, we appreciate the UN and the UN Women as well as other development partners for supporting the cause for peace and for women’s Leadership.”
The Women network said that Kenya is a country that respects the rule of law and this should make us feel much safer. They urged candidates who may be aggrieved by the results to seek redress through legal means and avoid actions that may escalate violence.
“Kenya has strong institutions with capacity to address disputes of any sort and we plead with all parties that took part in the election to revert to these institutions as the rest of the country resumes daily activities.”, said the Chairperson.
The women congratulated the President-elect Dr.William Ruto and the deputy president-elect Mr. Rigathi Gachagua and first ladies for their win and urged them to work through uniting the country. They also condoled with the family of the late Daniel Musyoka who went missing on duty as an IEBC returning officer in Embakasi East constituency and was later found dead. They prayed for peace across the nation.