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Friday, 10 Feb 2017 14:02 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Political aspirants in Nakuru County have been challenged against propagating politics of hate and propaganda as the country gears towards the August general elections. Nakuru County Aspirants Caucus chairman Dr Abdul Noor said that a section of politicians have perfected the art of propaganda and violence against their perceived opponents something he said is a threat to peace and unity.
This comes after an MCA aspirant was allegedly assaulted by people associated with the Nakuru County Assembly speaker Susan Kihika who is running for the senate seat. Mr Noor defended the speaker against the accusations that people associated to her roughed up Biashara ward MCA aspirant Hezron Manyara, terming it "mere propaganda". He added that the alleged scuffle was personal between the aspirant and his attackers and the speaker should not be dragged into the issue.
Mr Noor blamed Ms Kihika’s political opponents of being behind the propaganda war against her and accused them of being jealous of her rising political star. He warned politicians against using the youth to cause violence during the campaign period while calling on politicians to ensure that the county remains peaceful during the electioneering period.
In a story run by the Standard newspaper, it was alleged that Mr Manyara who is an MCA aspirant was attacked and assaulted on Wednesday night by supporters of Ms Kihika. At the same time, Mr Noor called on the IEBC to take stern action against any political aspirant who will be found to be engaging in unlawful activities by blocking them from contesting for elective seats.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County