Lead­ers call for peace ahead of elec­tions, urge politi­cians not to make in­cite­ful re­marks

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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