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Please don’t call for mass action over loss, Luo elders urge Raila

Luo elders have told NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga not to call for mass action to protest against his election loss.

Raila says he won and has called the polls a fraud. He has refused to concede.

On Friday after IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner, violent protests rocked parts of the country, especially in Migori town.

Five people suffered gunshot wounds and people were said to have been assaulted by police in the town.

Property was also destroyed.

Speaking to the press in Migori town on Tuesday, the Luo Council of Elders national treasurer Abel Omburo condemned destruction vby NASA supporters. He called for peace.

Omburo said NASA should not call for mass action as they won’t be able to control their supporters.

“Opposition politicians should warn demonstrators against destruction. It is very unfortunate that chaos doesn’t reflect the pain within the Luo community and all NASA supporters who are aggrieved by the presidential results,” he said.

Omburo said the Luo community must now safeguard the little development they have achieved as they fight for the top seat. “When the top seat is elusive for the community, we should concentrate on counties and keep elected governors on their toes to spur development. Equally, we need to find ways of working with current government,” he said.

His sentiments were supported by the clergymen who condemned police use of excessive force against protesters.

“It is acceptable for the winners to celebrate and the losers to express their dissatisfaction in equal terms and measure without police brutality,” PEFA Churches in Kenya secretary general John Okinda said.

The group of bishops also said life is sacred and no one has the right to take the life of anyone. The clergy cautioned politicians against issuing statements that would undermine peace and coexistence.

The Rotary Club of Suna-Migori has urged leaders from Nyanza to preach peace.

Speaking in Migori town, club president William Bobo said it is unfortunate that while the rest of the country is moving on, businesses is still slow in the region because of the tension.

“It’s is unfortunate that even small-scale traders are still unable to open their businesses. This means that they are being denied their daily livelihood,” he said.

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