Kikuyu elders warn against hate speech

Kikuyu Council of Elders Thursday castigated political leaders fanning ethnic hatred amongst communities ahead of the 2017 polls.

Speaking at Ndumberi Stadium during a national prayers day, the elders said the recent skirmishes witnessed in Olposimoru in Narok County would have been averted if the political leaders toned their rhetoric as they jostle for votes.

Led by their National Chairman Wachira Kiago, the elders said reckless utterances will polarise the country as was during the 2007/08 post election violence.

‘We cannot allow elected leaders who do not exercise tolerance and sobriety in dealing with matters of national concern by disenfranchising the people their hard earned peaceful coexistence and harmonious living,’ warned the elders.

The elders’ joint communiqué after the day-long prayers that involved elders drawn from Laikipia, Nyeri, Kilifi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga among others said political balkanisation is an outdated practice that will not be tolerated by the electorate.

‘Cheap political mileage through irresponsible statements does not befit the status of a serious politician whose intention is to be the country’s statesman,’ said the elders.

The elders took a swipe at politicians using the electorate for their own political expediency saying the electorate is keen on their maneuvers adding that wananchi will no longer be hoodwinked by their tricks.

The leaders commended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stand on the war against graft and called for support across the political divide and wananchi saying the fight against the vice is a collective responsibility.

Commenting on the vicious re-emergence of second generation brew, the elders appealed to the county government to recall or withdraw all alcohol licenses so that the country does not renege on the gains made so far.

The leaders further called for respect for all the elected leaders saying those abusing the President should respect the office despite their dislike for the office bearer.

‘All political leaders are duly elected and are therefore by extension validly in office. They deserve respect,’ read the joint communiqué.

Among other leaders who attended the prayers include MPs Jude Jome (kiambu), Paul Koinange (Kiambaa), Barua Njogu (Gichugu), Mary Mbugua (Nakuru County MP), Kiambu Deputy Governor Gerald Githinji among others.

By Yobesh Onwong’a