Deputy President William Ruto  asked Wananchi to turn out in large numbers in the fresh polls on Thursday in honour of the fallen heroes.

Ruto said the current generations in the country owe the heroes the freedom they enjoy and should honour them by voting in the fresh elections this week.

“We owe them our right to vote and chose our policies, let us honor them by upholding the rule of law, protecting our nation and fostering goodwill among ourselves,” Ruto said.

The DP was responding to opposition calls that Kenyans ‘must’ boycott the coming polls over rigging claims. NASA wants electoral reforms to ensure a level playing field for new polls. The DP was accompanied by President Uhuru Kenyatta, senior government officials and other politicians when addressing hundreds of Kenyans during Mashujaa Day Celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

“We go back to the ballot on Thursday to defend our right to chose, to defend our democracy and defend our stand with our heroes –some of them who paid an ultimate price for us to have a new constitution,” said Ruto.

He said the peace and stability Kenyans continue to enjoy was hard earned by a lot of sacrifices and bloodshed.

“This occasion reminds us to appreciate that the freedom and human dignity we enjoy today should be carefully guarded,” Ruto said.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko asked the law-enforcement agencies to remain vigilant, steadfast and act firmly against criminal elements as the country prepares for the forthcoming presidential elections.

“The road to independence was not a smooth one and it is our duty, therefore, to serve this country with total dedication and to put the interests of Kenya above all other considerations,” the Governor said.

“As we celebrate our heroes and heroines, we must appreciate their courage, leadership and wisdom paved way for us to enjoy the blessings of freedom, independence and democracy.”

Sonko said heroes are part of the country’s great history because they dedicated their lives to ensure future generations have a comfortable life.

“We acknowledge their contributions and we hope that their example of selfless and outstanding service will be emulated by present and future generations,” he said.

He said it is important that every resident feels secure and assured that they have nothing to fear as they conduct their business in accordance with the law

“These are the heroes and heroines who prepared for us the peace and harmony we enjoy today. They sacrificed a lot for us to reach where we are today,” the county boss said.