Lands assistant minister Asman Kamama Thursday said he would defend the interests of Rift Valley people who did not vote for President Kibaki in the new government.
“As any other Kenyans, the communities had their democratic right to vote for the party of their choice,” he said. However, the Baringo East MP-elect called on residents to desist from criminal activities witnessed in several parts of the country.
“Violence begets violence and we should not allow it to prevail since it will spare nobody including the presidential candidates,” he said.
Mr Kamama said that the re-election of President Kibaki was a clear testimony that Kenyans had confidence in his performance. He asked the ODM party to honourably concede defeat and prepare for the 2012 elections.
“They had underestimated the popularity of President Kibaki who was voted across all the regions,” he said.
Meanwhile, interdenominational prayers will be conducted in President Kibaki’s home turf this weekend.
The prayers will be held at Othaya stadium, less than two kilometres from the Head of State’s Kanyange home. The prayers are being organised by Othaya Development Association (ODA) that draws membership from Othaya Division residents.
ODA chairman Gichuki Mugambi said the Sunday prayers would be dedicated to peace in the country.
“We have invited clergy from different religions so that we can pray for this great nation. We hope it is going to be well,” Mr Mugambi told the Nation.
Elsewhere, an appeal has been made for relief assistance for people in violence-hit areas.
A Kericho resident, Ms Elenah Mwai, who fled her home, said scores of people camping at Kericho police station were in dire need of food, clothes and shelter.