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Call for political tolerance, peace ahead of polls

Nyandarua County Commissioner Mr. Amos Mariba has called on politicians to desist from dragging government administrators into politics saying the officers were meant to be nonpartisan.

Mariba expressed regret that politicians were using the campaigns to hit at police and administrative officers noting that they were meant to uphold justice and serve all regardless of statuses and political affiliation.

Mariba, while calling for peaceful elections come August 9, noted that the administrators and police officers were being drilled to maintain peace in the forthcoming elections.

He said the officers will be dealing with issues amicably through dialogue, and not using force and teargas, to ensure peace during the forthcoming elections.

Speaking in Mairo Inya Township, when he led the County residents in a peace and prayer caravan, the CC warned the residents against any form of gender based violence during the campaign periods calling for fairness.

The forum that brought together police officers, chiefs, residents and other non-state actors, who danced to the tune of peace-full songs and acted skits to promote peace, set the mood for a chaos free elections, charging the residents to be responsible in their conduct towards each other.

Nyandarua North Sub County Deputy Commissioner Walter Ngaira, noted that the government was prepared to combat any form of violence by involving the residents in peace dialogue and through reporting.

Ngaira said peace building and conflict resolution had been prioritized to stop any threats. He called on the residents to send short messages through Toll free number 108 and WhatsApp on 0773111507.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s Central Regional Commissioner, Ali Khalif, warned the politicians against using public resources in campaigns, noting that those found culpable will be prosecuted and the resources recovered from them.

He also cautioned civil servants against campaigning for political parties and leaders noting that they risked being fired for not adhering to political neutrality as stated in the law.

Nyandarua Interfaith Council Chair Josam Kariuki, who also led the clergy in praying against accidents along Nyahururu-Nyeri road, called for tolerance amongst the residents urging them to vet the leaders as per their development records and not the monies they were distributing.

The residents lauded the clergy and the officers for leading prayers and call for unity.

By Anne Sabuni 

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