Call for peace, civility ahead of repeat presidential poll

Former long serving Changamwe Member of Parliament Ramadhan Seif Kajembe has called for peace, tolerance and civility in the run up to the scheduled October 26 repeat presidential poll.

Speaking in Mombasa on Tuesday at a political forum, Kajembe said Kenyans should not allow conflict to engulf the country in the name of competitive elections thus stagnating development.

Kajembe condemned the withdrawal of the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga from the impending presidential vote saying the move was meant to foment political and constitutional crisis.

The former legislator and assistant minister said politicians could have different political views and opinions, but that should not create enmity among diverse Kenyan communities.

He said the opposition and the government both have the responsibility to ensure the repeat presidential election takes place in a free, fair and peaceful environment.

Political tolerance and peaceful electioneering is the responsibility of all the political parties and players, he said.

Ibrahim Khamis alias Babangida, a former gubernatorial hopeful, has also urged Kenyans to keep peace and asked the voters to turn out in large numbers on the material day.

He said Kenyans should not allow selfish and self serving individuals to put their interest above those of the country.

Babangida says the opposition outfit NASA should allow Kenyans to choose their preferred presidential candidates to represent them without further hindrance.

A local leader Sarah Wakoli says they hoped the repeat poll will bring peace and tranquility. All we want before, during and after the election is peace and prosperity, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency