Former Head of Civil Service, Francis Kimemia has war caution politicians against prematurely engaging in 2017 general election campaigns.
Kimemia regretted that various leaders had started early campaigns, noting that it could be detrimental to development and was likely to create a wedge among communities.
He noted that such early campaigns were likely to interfere with on-going development projects in various parts of country. He said wananchi were likely to suffer for stalled development programmes. He added a lot of resources are wasted at county level as the incumbents try to compete with aspiring politicians.
Speaking on Sunday at Kamariki Catholic Church in Kieni on the 16th anniversary of the priesthood of Father John Mbai, Kimemia urged leaders to avert a repeat of the 2007 general election bickering where politicians incited various communities during their campaigns and after the election outcome.
Let every leader know that Kenya is a plural country with so many diverse communities and with different interests. Let us unite Kenyans instead of inciting them, he said.
The service was presided over by Nyeri Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairo, assisted by a host of priests from the archdiocese.
Kimemia was accompanied by MPs, Kanini Kega (Kieni), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), and former Kieni MP, Nemesyus Warugongo; politicians, Githinji Kinyanjui and Rahab Mukami .
The former secretary to the cabinet observed that the country was almost two years to the general elections, adding that early campaigns would plunge the country into chaos and anarchy.
Let us ensure that we do not make our dear country a nation of abuses. It is premature to start campaigning and instead, we should enhance governance in counties, he said.
Kimemia further supported Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria’s calls for the reduction of elective positions and the merger of some constituencies to reduce the bloated public wage bill.
We have to address the size of the government and the bloated wage bill. This is a bloated economy since a large portion of funds are going to salaries, said Kimemia.
The leaders further asked Kenyans to support the ongoing Kenyan military participation in Somalia, saying Kenya cannot develop when her neighbours are not at peace.
Let the Al Shabaab know that we are fully in support of our military. We know they want to destabilise us, but our hearts will never rest until we beat them, said Kega.
By Martin Munyi