No cam­paigns dur­ing Ka­jwang’s memo­rial, state warns politi­cians

County com­mis­sioner says they will keenly watch what tran­spires at the func­tion. Cord leader Raila Odinga and other op­po­si­tion lead­ers ex­pected to at­tend

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

The State will not al­low cam­paigns dur­ing the memo­rial of the late Homa Bay Se­na­tor Otieno Ka­jwang’, county com­mis­sioner Kas­sim Far­rah has said.

The an­niver­sary will be on Sun­day. Cord leader Raila Odinga and other politi­cians are ex­pected to at­tend.

Raila will lay a wreath on Ka­jwang’s grave dur­ing a memo­rial ser­vice sched­uled at the late min­is­ter’s home in Waondo vil­lage, Mbita.

He will then lead a po­lit­i­cal rally at the Homa Bay County Sta­dium, where lo­cal politi­cians are ex­pected to use the plat­form to sell their agenda. Speak­ing on Wed­nes­day in Waondo dur­ing a pub­lic baraza, Far­rah said it is il­le­gal for politi­cians to use the event to en­gage in pre­ma­ture cam­paigns, adding it could be a recipe for vi­o­lence.

“Ka­jwang’s memo­rial ser­vice is aimed at unit­ing Kenyans to re­mem­ber his achieve­ments. We don’t ex­pect any­body to cam­paign dur­ing the oc­ca­sion. Who­ever does so will be ar­rested,” he said.

Far­rah said politi­cians who start early cam­paigns will be dis­qual­i­fied from run­ning in next year’s elec­tion. He said they will be mon­i­tor­ing very keenly what politi­cians say dur­ing the event.

“We’ll con­sider writ­ing to the IEBC those who in­cite peo­ple against their op­po­nents so they are pre­vented from run­ning,” Far­rah said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor warned politi­cians and the youth against caus­ing vi­o­lence. “Ev­ery­body needs to re­spect the opin­ions of other speak­ers to avoid any form of po­lit­i­cal bick­er­ing,” Far­rah said.

He said ad­e­quate se­cu­rity per­son­nel will be de­ployed to en­sure it is con­ducted peace­fully.

Far­rah added his of­fice has de­ployed reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials so res­i­dents can ap­ply for na­tional iden­tity cards.

“I urge all youths aged 18 years and above to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire ID cards,” he said.

/ROBERT OMOLLO

Homa Bay county com­mis­sioner Kas­sim Far­rah speaks to jour­nal­ists on Wed­nes­day. The ad­min­is­tra­tor said no to pol­i­tics dur­ing the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the late Se­na­tor Otieno Ka­jwang’ this Sun­day

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