Mandera County interfaith group has organized a meeting with community opinion leaders to discuss and draw a road map for a peaceful 2022 General Elections.
Speaking during the meeting, Mandera Supkem Chairman Abdi Majid Khalif pointed out that it is important to promote peace and harmony in different parts of the volatile county as election draws nearer.
“Let’s not elect leaders because they offer us money or they come from our clan, let’s consider their integrity and capability,” said Khalif.
According to him the interfaith group will work round the clock to educate voters in the county the importance of electing leaders of integrity and who are capable of helping community.
The religious leaders urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) together with the candidates vying for various seats to avoid election malpractice.
“I kindly request the electoral body to ensure it carries its mandate of ensuring the election are free, the aspirant must also shun the electoral malpractice because this time round we are closely watching them,” added Khalif.
On his part, the Chairman of Imams in Mandera County Abdullahi Warash requested voters to elect leaders who will propel peace in Mandera County asking them not to consider aspirants social status but capabilities.
“I want to ask our people to elect leaders who will contribute and help us build a peaceful Mandera, let’s not look at their social status but their capabilities,” said Warash.
The Interfaith Council said that they will traverse the County to preach peace to all residents especially to the youth who have a critical role to play in next year’s election.
They also vowed to protect the sanctity of elections by not allowing divisive politics and hate speech.
By Charles Matacho