Jubilee Party grassroots leaders in Kilifi County are opposed to street demonstrations on October 26, the day voters in the country are scheduled to participate in the repeat presidential vote.
The leaders who spoke to the press on Monday at Mtwapa Township said Kenya deserves better than street protests on a ‘solemn day of voting’.
National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga has been calling for protests to force changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Led by Mwanase Famau, the leaders said street protests on Election Day will only serve to exacerbate political tensions in the country and continue to stifle businesses.
Famau urged the opposition to abandon threats of street demonstrations since it has led to deaths and destruction to property in recent days.
She said Kenyans, irrespective of their political inclinations should avoid violence at all cost and allow the electorate to vote for a presidential candidate of their choice.
Violence will only serve to hinder voters from exercising their right to vote for a leader of their choice, she said.
Her sentiments were echoed by Mufidah Mohamed who called on the opposition leadership to respect the political process and stop directing their followers to snub the repeat election.
She asked the youth in Kilifi and Mombasa counties to remain calm and shun politicians who will make them foment trouble.
Michael Tinga, on his part said they will visit all corners of the coast region to drum up support for the re-election of the President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said their desire is to see the Miji-kenda community, the largest group in the coast region rally behind President Kenyatta in the impending poll.
We will seek votes for the president to ensure he emerges victorious following the nullification of his re-election by the Supreme Court, he said.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Sophy Kombe has called for peace during the repeat presidential election. She said Kenyans should look at the bigger picture and avoid violence as the country nears the repeat election.
Let us not sacrifice the peaceful reputation we have as a country at the altar of politics of division politics, she said.
The diplomat, a native of Kilifi County, insists that Kenya must remain peaceful and united even after the election.
Source: Kenya News Agency