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Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 11:34 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
A section of independent candidates from Nakuru County have warned Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago against trading on dangerous grounds by funning ethnic hatred among communities in his county by making reckless remarks aimed at threatening members of the Kikuyu community.
Led by gubernatorial aspirant John Mututho, the candidates warned that Mr Mandago's repeated remarks against members of other communities were likely to raise tensions in Uasin Gishu and called on him to desist from forcing people into voting for him in the August polls.
Mr Mututho called on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to investigate Mr Mandago and Kapseret Mp Oscar Sudi who are alleged to have threatened to mobilize members of the Nandi sub-tribe into voting for the opposition NASA should the president and his deputy fail to prevail upon Buzeki to quit the gubernatorial race.
Mr Mandago is alleged to have warned members of the Kikuyu community against voting for his opponent Zeddekiah Buzeki in the August general elections. Mr Mututho termed those remarks as reckless and dangerous and one that could instill fear among members of the mentioned community.
While insisting that voting is always by way of secret ballot, Mr Mututho said that there was no criteria through which one could identify which candidates a person voted for in elections, adding that the two leaders' statements reflected cowardice.
On her part Rev. Zipporah Kimani who is vying for Nakuru women representative position said that the statements should be condemned by all peace loving Kenyans. She said that it was wrong for the two leaders to make utterances of theat kind especially being from an area that was volatile during the 2007 general election period.
She called on fellow politicians to exercise e mature politics and refrain from inciting members of the public.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County