November 24th 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

Kenyans' proclivity for violence worrying, concerted efforts needed to stem it

All of us Kenyans can make a change starting by individuals in order to make Kenya a better place for tomorrow, but the politicians and security officials must try better methods of preventing heckling and disruptions.

By Mary Muthonimmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 27 May 2017 14:11 EAT

Many Kenyans were shocked to watch the video clip of President Uhuru Kenyatta being forced to cut short his speech during last Saturday’s rally in Isiolo Town due to differences among his local supporters at the rally.

The chaos was even disappointing as it was the second time that the president's rally was being scuttled by chaos in the same town in less than three months. The incident came hot on the heels of another where deputy William Ruto was prevented from addressing a rally in Baringo County by bandits who opened fire at the meeting, forcing him to hide for at least an hour fearing for his dear life.

If the senior most leaders in this country cannot address political meetings at peace in their own strongholds, how safe are the rest of the Kenyans who has zero protection from the police? The new level of political violence worries Kenyans who take it for granted that people in power can hold their political forums successfully from start to end.

But away from the top leaders, this campaign season has been marked by violence throughout the country, with nearly ten people killed this year alone in clashes between various political camps. During the party primaries, Kenyans lost their lives in such volatile regions like Homa Bay, Migori and Busia.

Disruptions of rallies are becoming more common and if this continues then no one knows where we are heading to. All of us Kenyans can make a change starting by individuals in order to make Kenya a better place for tomorrow, but the politicians and security officials must try better methods of preventing heckling and disruptions.

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