A section of the clergy from Makueni has condemned the heckling of President Uhuru Kenyatta during a rally held on Wednesday at Unoa grounds.
Led by Reverend Daniel Mutava under the Wote Pastors Fellowship Forum, the religious leaders drawn from various churches termed the incident as ill- advised and unfortunate.
Speaking today at the same grounds during a prayer rally for a peaceful election, the pastors called for tolerance, saying all leaders should be respected regardless of their political affiliations.
”The president should be honoured and given the respect that he deserves because he is the head of the whole country,” said Rev Mutava.
He asked those behind the heckling to apologize to the president for discrediting his visit.
”Those who think that they got a political mileage by heckling at the president are mistaken, they owe an apology to Uhuru and Kenyans,” he said.
The reverend also cautioned the youth against being misused by politicians to cause chaos ahead of the August 8 polls.
”Those who shouted at the president were mostly youth, paid to disrupt the rally by selfish politicians, hell bent on serving their personal interests. The youth should shun from such leaders,” said Rev Mutava.
He called on residents to foster peace and unity.
”As the campaigns enter home stretch, let us uphold peace for the prosperity of this country,” added the reverend.
Speaking at the same forum, gubernatorial aspirant David Llyod Masika echoed the pastors’ sentiments and asked the residents to allow politicians to sell their agenda without causing chaos.
”I call on the electorate to give all candidates a chance to sell their manifesto in peace without disrupting their meetings,”said Masika.
The aspirant, who is seeking to unseat Governor Kivutha Kibwana on a New Democrats party ticket asked the residents to vote for him, promising to transform the county into an economic hub through infrastructural development.
Also present were Makueni MP aspirant Tom Luusa (ODM) and women representatives aspirants Susan Wanza (New Democrats), Grace Mwewa (NARC) and Wavinya Nzioka (KANU).
Source: Kenya News Agency