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Human rights defenders raise red flag over poll related violence

Led by the executive director of the National coalition of human rights defenders, Kamau Ngugi, they said that the current political environment has been intoxicated by political leaders from both sides hence denying Kenyans their democratic rights of choosing their leaders of choice.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comFriday, 14 Jul 2017 17:29 EAT

Human rights defenders coalition

Civil society organization bodies and human rights defenders in the mid rift region have raised an alarm over the recent incidences of violence that have been witnessed across the country.

Addressing the press in Nakuru, Under the National coalition of human right defenders mid rift chapter, the civil society organizations warned that the rising wave of violence if not contained risks spilling over into the August general election something they said might send the country the wrong direction.

Led by the executive director of the National coalition of human rights defenders, Kamau Ngugi, they said that the current political environment has been intoxicated by political leaders from both sides hence denying Kenyans their democratic rights of choosing their leaders of choice.

They accused political leaders of zoning the country into regions perceived to be strongholds of the two leading political outfits that is the jubilee party and the NASA coalition something they said is making it hard for their politicians to sell their policies in their opponent’s strongholds.

Mr Ngugi further accused leading political figures in the country for facilitating what he termed as a negative process of building political tension in the country by making inflammatory and discriminatory remarks which he said were going against the spirit of cohesion.

He called on relevant agencies to contain the spread of hate messages being propagated by politicians in the country. 

The human rights defenders also raised concerns of the preparedness of security forces to deal with cases of violence citing examples where the police have been unable to apprehend hooligans who have been disrupting political rallies as witnessed in Kabarnet, Kisumu and Thika. They Called on the national police service leadership to tell country how prepared they are in relations to the forthcoming polls.

At the same time they challenged political leaders to reign upon their supports and stop them from attacking Human rights defenders and journalist being perceived to be critical of them.

The coalition called on both Jubilee and NASA leaders to come out and condemn violence both at the national and county levels and assure Kenyans of their peace and security as well as free, fair and credible elections.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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