Concede defeat, religious leaders urge aspirants

CIPK secretary general (M) Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa with the CIPK secretary general Mombasa county (L) Mohamoud Abdalla addressing journalists on Monday PHOTO /JOSEPH JIRA

Mombasa,KENYA:Council of Imams Preachers of Kenya have urged the candidates who lost in the elections to concede defeat and to refrain from any act that would amount to incitement .

Addressing media on Monday in Mombasa, the organizing secretary of CIPK Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa urged Kenyans to remain calm amid the rigging claims by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Khalifa in his statement said whoever doubts the results that were released by the electoral body is mandated to present the petition to the court for justice.

” At the end of every game there must be a loser and winner, so he who feels the results are not credible can present the claims to the court in pursuit of justice rather than inciting innocent Kenyans to undermine the peace of the nation.” Said Khalifa.

A few weeks ago the council which had earlier expressed their support for Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid expressed confidence in the presidents ability to deliver .

“We as the CIPK congratulate the president elect Uhuru Kenyatta and we are hopeful that all the projects commenced by him shall succeed in line with his promise.” Added Khalifa.

Their remarks comes as   international pressure mounts on the NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga to concede defeat.

Odinga who lost in the recently concluded election had on Sunday called on his supporters to boycott work on Monday so as to mourn 24 people who are alleged to have been killed by police officers while protesting the disputed presidential results.