BY CG REPORTER
Peace message dominated the 8th Mashujaa Day celebrations at Busia County Stadium on Friday with youth, church, political leadership and the administration calling for sobriety ahead of the controversial October 26 presidential elections.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi who represented Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said the mood of the country is still in politics. As NASA we say we shall not participate in the elections until minimum reforms have been met by the IEBC.
” To cool the rising temperatures in the country, leaders need to sit together and dialogue. The economy is being affected by the unfolding political climate in the country. Elections will come and go but Kenyans will remain,” he said.
Muslim leader Sheikh Mohamed Oyuolo said it is regrettable leaders are putting the country in a precarious position. ” Church leaders will take the lion’s share of blame if the country degenerates into anarchy.
“Leaders have put the country in a quagmire. We shall not know the importance of peace in the country until peace becomes elusive. We should embrace peace which should be an obligation. Look for peace which can bring development,” he said.
Sheikh Oyuolo said the direction taken by leaders and parties can land the country in anarchy. Kenya is ahead of other neighboring countries because of peace which should be embraced.
County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal said peace in the repeat Presidential elections next Thursday is paramount, adding that peace can bring development, unity and good life.
” What we shall not allow is to block voters from going to cast their votes. We have put elaborate security measures,” he said, adding that those who will attempt to disrupt the exercise will be dealt with severely.
National Youth Council County chairman Benjamin Sireka said the country is at cross roads over the controversial polls. “Leaders should sacrifice their personal ambitions and dialogue. Let us pray for our country to avoid bloodshed,” he said.
County boda boda Sacco chairman Eric Makokha said President Uhuru is firm that elections are on on October 26 while NASA leader Raila Odinga is categorical elections will not be held without reforms.
” As youth we are confused on the direction this country is taking. We need assurance that the lives of innocent youth will be protected with elaborate measures to tame the impending chaos in the country,” he said.