The media has been asked to report responsibly during the ongoing electioneering period to ensure peace prevails during the August general elections.
An aspirant vying for the Uasin Gishu county governorship Jonathan Bii said the media plays a crucial role in promoting harmony and peaceful coexistence among Kenyans if they avoid sensational and inciting reports.
“Some politicians may be tempted to carelessly utter inciting and divisive statements that may cause disharmony between Kenyans during the campaigns for political gain,” said Bii, commonly referred to locally as Koti Moja.
He at the same time asked politicians vying for various seats in Uasin Gishu to preach peace during the campaigns.
“Elections will come and go, Uasin Gishu county will still exist after the polls, this is a cosmopolitan county hence politicians need to weigh their words before uttering,” said Bii.
Speaking during a media breakfast at an Eldoret hotel, leaders from the county have vowed that there will never be fighting between communities again, we all suffered during the 2007/2008 post-election violence, we shall never go that direction again”.
“Hatutapiga mtu wakati huu, tutapiga kura” (We are not going to fight anybody this time, we shall only vote)”, the leaders said.
Meanwhile, an aspirant for Kapseret parliamentary seat Frank Murgor has ditched Deputy President’s UDA party and opted to vie for the seat as an independent candidate.
Murgor claimed that after consultation he had realised that UDA will face a lot of challenges during nominations.
Addressing the press in Eldoret, Murgor however pledged to continue campaigning for Deputy President William Ruto saying he can lead the country into greater heights.
Murgor who will be facing the incumbent MP Oscar Sudi among other candidates, said he will focus on his agenda and urged the electorates to ignore malicious and propaganda being peddled by his opponents because he has chosen to be an independent candidate.
“Let me be clear and set the record straight that I will not be affiliated with any other candidate running on an independent ticket in the region,” said Murgor.