Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has called on politicians across the political divide to urge their supporters to embrace tolerance to avoid violence ahead of the General Election next month.
He said it’s time NASA and Jubilee leaders led peace campaigns due to the rising incidents of chaos during rallies. Kingi said such incidents could spark violence.
Kingi condemned the incident on Thika Road in which youths pelted the NASA co-principals motorcade with stones.
UhuRuto also faced a hostile crowd in Kisumu after youths heckled Deputy President William Ruto, making him cut short his speech. They later hurled stones at Jubilee leaders’ convoy.
Addressing pastors in Malindi during an opinion leaders’ meeting yesterday, Kingi said the alliance and JP must tame their supporters. He said they should instead urge their people to exercise their voting power to reject leaders they do not want. “There is no need to stone others during rallies. Show your weapons on August 8. I do not side with Jubilee or NASA, it’s time for us to sit with our supporters and sensitise them on the need for political tolerance,’’ the governor said. “From the look of things, Kenya has a short memory. In 2007, there was post-election violence. Many Kenyans died, lost property, others to this date remain IDPs. Some have not even been compensated,’’ he said.
“As Governor of Kilifi I condemn such actions. I do not want such incidents to be witnessed in Kilifi. Already I am beginning to see signs of tribal politics in Kilifi.”
Kingi criticised the National Cohesion and Integration Commission for saying Kilifi is a hotspot for violence. He said the claim will hurt the county’s tourism sector.