Youth cautioned against political violence ahead of August polls

Youths in Kitui County have been cautioned against engaging in political violence in the countdown to the August 8 polls or risk prosecution in accordance with the Election Offences Act.

Addressing a youth peace forum dubbed Sauti 47 in Kitui Town on Wednesday, area County Commissioner (CC), Boaz Cherutich warned that those found culpable would face the full force of the law.

No one will be spared if found perpetrating activities likely to jeopardize peace and tolerance during the electioneering period, he said.

Be warned that you will be prosecuted in a court of law, jailed or fined heavily, Cherutich told the gathering of over 600 youth drawn from across the county, while urging them to preach peace wherever they go.

The forum was part of a countrywide programme by NACADA in conjunction with the National Youth Enterprise Development Fund, with to sensitizing the youth on effects of drug abuse, and also the need to uphold peace ahead of the elections.

The CC also warned politicians against inciting their supporters to disrupt opponents’ campaign rallies or destroy campaign materials, because the law will apply across the board regardless of the perpetrator’s social status.

He urged Kenyans to embrace peace as a prerequisite for free, fair and credible polls, arguing that elections would come and go, but life must continue after August 8 regardless of the outcome.

There is no need to destroy our country simply because certain parties lost and felt disgruntled. Election is a competition in which there must be a winner and a loser. We should instead join hands and work together towards making Kenya even better, he noted.

Meanwhile, Cherutich has decried the alarming number of defilement cases witnessed in Kitui especially in the remote parts of the vast county.

He said about ten sexual offences were reported on daily basis and warned perpetrators of dire legal consequences.

We are not going to sit back and watch as perverts continue to ruin the lives of our children. We are keen to reverse the trend as no offence will go unpunished, he said.

While attributing the vice to drug and substance abuse among the residents, the CC regretted that men were shamelessly defiling children some below 10 years, while others raped women as old as 80 years.

This is unacceptable and must be stopped at all costs, but we must work together to stamp out the vice. Our girls and women no longer feel safe, as potential rapists were all over ready to pounce on them, lamented Cherutich.

He called on members of the public to report all cases of sexual offences to the relevant authorities to necessitate prosecution of wrong doers and serve as a stern warning to others with similar intents.

Source: Kenya News Agency