Kenyans mission of preaching peace commendable

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Politics/Current issues

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The most anticipated General Elections are finally here with us. On Monday 4th, Kenyans go to the polls to elect six representatives to represent them in government in what has been termed as the most competitive elections ever in the country, also the first election under the new constitution which was adopted by the country.

These elections also come after the 2007 disputed general elections that were marred with violence that left so thousands of Kenyans dead and displaced which later led to the formation of a coalition government. The country has come a long way in trying to return to normalcy after the violence.

As we prepare for this big day, Kenyans across the country have been urged to preach peace. The politicians too in their political campaigns have also been advised to be in the forefront in propagating peace to ensure that the country does not go back to where it was in 2007.

Something noticeable is the way Kenyans have taken into preaching peace, Especially Kenyans on social media, corporate organisations, and local artists. This only shows that Kenyans are committed in ensuring these elections turn out to be peaceful no matter the outcome. The aftermath of the last elections must have taught us a very big lesson and Kenyans would not like to remember it.

As we go to the polls, we should ensure that we maintain peace and accept the results peacefully. The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has already indicated that a record of 99,000 police officers will be deployed to man polling centres and handle security issues. He said the security personnel will be obtained from the Kenya police, Administration Police, Kenya Prisons Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Service and National Youth Service saying no imposters will infiltrate the operations.

This assurance by the Inspector General can only be worked out if as citizens we take part in preaching peace. Every Kenyan, organisation should continue with peace initiatives to ensure we are not plunged into violence.

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi

 

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