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Kenyans urged to embrace political tolerance ahead of polls

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By Brighton Makori.

A lobby group from Borabu constituency has asked the government and individuals to address political intolerance ahead of the next general election.

Osugo Kombo who is the secretary of the group noted that there is need for the government to address intolerance perpetuated by sections of Kenyans so that it does not degenerate into violence.

Speaking to Gusii Star at Chepilat Town, Kombo said no Kenyan should be injured, threatened or killed because of political differences.

He said politicians should choose their words diligently so that they don’t stoke chaos especially along tribal border lines.

On another hand, the group which is affiliated to ODM party in the name Borabu ODM political Arena (BOPA) challenged leaders who have shown interest of vying for political seats more so the presidential first to come up with strategies on how to fight corruption.

” We have an appeal to leaders in this country who are aspiring for political offices. Recently the president said that we are loosing Ksh 2 billion a day but no leader has shown interest of helping him to fight corruption. Instead they are talking about reviving economy without giving a clear road map how they will do it,” said Kombo.

He said that one can not talk about reviving the economy when he is not ready to fight corruption.

The group pointed out to ANC leader Musalia Mudavati and Deputy president William Ruto are taking about the economy but are dumb in addressing runway corruption.

If they want to empower people let them first address corruption once and for all,” he added.

The group’s chairman Edward Omwoyo Ongeri wondered why when some people are allegedly arrested for being involved in some corruption scandals, you get some individuals defending them through demonstrations and press briefings.

The case point was an incident where parliamentarian Rigathi Gachagua was arrested on Friday and locked up by the police.

They also raised concern over confusion as to how thousands of Kenyans found themselves registered in political parties without their knowledge.

“It’s worrying that you can find yourself registered as a member of another political party which you have never associated yourself with.

For instance Raila Odinga’s son was found to be registered in ANC when he is well known to be in ODM,” said Ongeri.

The group of more than 100 people also called upon the Government to come out clear doubts and confusion concerning Huduma number .

“Many Kenyans have not received their Huduma cards. It’s shocking that one registered at Nyansiongo by giving all details but he is now told to go and collect the card from Taita Taveta. One wonders how it happened. We need the government to come out and tell us what transpired and what is the work the card.

Jane Rose Nyakundi, representing female gender, said that during post election violence women get the most affected.

“During post elections violence women are the most endaged species. Therefore we advocate for peace as we approach the next polls,” appealed Jane.

She called on the government and political parties to sensitise Kenyans and preach peace as the country heads to the polls.

Vincent Mochere, repressing the youths, called upon young people to shun being misused by politicians for their political gain .

“This time we are only preaching peace and we will not allow politicians to divide us,” stated Mochere.