Leaders call for peace ahead of elections, urge politicians not to make inciteful remarks
Calls for peace dominated the burial of former Vice President Moody Awori’s nephew, George Michael Rajula, on Tuesday. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Samia deputy county commissioner Wafula Watakila and retired ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala urged Kenyans to be peaceful as the election nears.
Watakila urged hopefuls to avoid utterances that might spark violence. “Don’t incite the youth to cause chaos. As a government, we shall expect peaceful elections that are in line with the constitution,” he said.
Ojaamong said peaceful elections should be the cardinal rule in 2017 and acts of lawlessness will not be entertained. Wabukala said peace is what God wants and Kenyans should advance common national values, irrespective of their political differences. “As Kenyans, we should learn from each other and strengthen our faith,” he said.
Also present were former Ugandan Cabinet minister Aggrey Awori, Nambale Anglican Diocese Bishop Robert Magina, Busia speaker Bernard Wamalwa, former EALA MP Gervase Akhaabi and Nangina MCA John Obwogo.
Rajula, 53, died on August 14 in his apartment in West Palm Beach, Florida, in the US after suffering a heart attack. He worked for Avis Budget Group in Florida from 1988 until his death. Rajula was buried at his home in Samia.