Garissa governor Nathif Jama has hit out at fellow aspirants accusing them of not being committed to peaceful campaigns.
Jama said that although many of the candidates are known to talk of the need to maintain peaceful campaigns, their utterances and actions betray them.
The governor was making reference to the Madaraka day celebrations where aspirants skipped the national function, a platform they could have used to assure their commitment to a peaceful election.
I was surprised that even the most respected politicians in this county deliberately skipped such an important national event. They may have issues with my administration, but the constitution supersedes all our interests and that of the electorate should always come first, he said.
We are peace loving Kenyans and have used all our forums to preach peace and unite the people of Garissa. This is evident that for the past 4 years we have been in office Garissa has been peaceful, he added.
The governor challenged the county commissioner James Kianda and his security team to convene a meeting where all the political aspirants will commit themselves to the people of Garissa who voted for them that they will uphold peace.
Elections is a one day event. It comes and goes but the people of Garissa will remain. This notion that politics is a matter of life and death is a myth that needs to be demystified, he noted.
The seat has attracted Jubilee candidate Ali Korane who lost by a slim margin in 2013,and that of Garissa township MP where National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale will square it out with former deputy speaker Farah Maalim are among the hotly contested seats in the country.
Jama and Korane have never met in any forum and the closest they came to was when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Garissa in February this year while on a voter sensitization exercise.
Korane had to attend the function because he is the jubilee candidate while Jama in his capacity as the governor had to welcome the president.
Source: Kenya News Agency