Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta calls for prayers after poll official quits

President Uhuru Kenyatta. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for national prayers about the political crisis the country was going through.

President Kenyatta, in a brief live television address to the nation, acknowledged that Kenya has been going through a difficult time since the nullification of his re-election by the Supreme Court on September 1.

"The path since the Supreme Court decision has not been easy for our country, but we thank God for seeing us through. 

"Now as we walk towards the 26th of October, as a God-fearing people, we beckon our God to give us divine guidance to fulfill our constitutional mandate and we will," he said.

His address came hot on the heels of the resignation of the national electoral agency commissioner Roselyn Akombe.

"Scripture says that if the people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

"The first step — and one which I hereby call for — is an extended period of prayer and reconciliation this weekend," President Kenyatta said.

Kenyans are expected to hold a fresh presidential election on October 26, the run-up to which has been characterised by numerous hurdles.

Mr Raila Odinga, the candidate for the opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), announced his side's withdrawal from the contest.

Nasa has equally maintained that there will be no election without an overhaul of the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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