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Garissa elders call for peace ahead of polls

The Monday meeting brought together elected leaders, aspirants and professionals in Masalani town

In Summary
  • Ahmed Duale, who spoke on behalf of the elders said elders and clerics have an important role to play in ensuring their communities remain peaceful.
  • Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor esteemed residents and candidates for maintaining peace throughout the campaign period.
Ahmed Duale, an elder from the Samwadhal community in Ijara at the peace meeting in Masalani town on Monday
Ahmed Duale, an elder from the Samwadhal community in Ijara at the peace meeting in Masalani town on Monday
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Samawadal elders from Garissa have called for building peace and cohesion among communities as the country heads towards the August 9 polls.

On Monday, the elders summoned elected leaders, aspirants and professionals in Masalani town and urged them to refrain from insults and utterances that can create disunity and hatred.

Ahmed Duale, who spoke on behalf of the elders, said elders and clerics have an important role to play in ensuring their communities remain peaceful.

Duale was recently appointed as the chairperson of the Ewaso Ngi’ro Northern Development Authority.

Senator Abdul Haji speaking at Masalani stadium on Monday during a peace meeting
Senator Abdul Haji speaking at Masalani stadium on Monday during a peace meeting
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He appealed to all aspirants in the county to carry out their campaigns with respect and high regard for peace and cohesion.

“Remember, only a stupid leader believes he can gain politically by inciting the masses. You should ask for votes politely and let the voters decide,” he said.

Garissa Senator Abdul Haji lauded the elders for the move saying their role in building a cohesive society cannot be underestimated.

“As campaigns intensify, ethnic and historical divisions among different groups are always exploited by politicians to gain support by using residents as a catalyst, this is what we must all avoid going forward,” Haji said.

Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor speaking at Masalani stadium on Monday
Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor speaking at Masalani stadium on Monday
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Ijara MP candidate under ODM, Ibrahim Abass urged residents to observe peace even as he called on the security apparatus to take stern action against anyone who will disrupt peace.

“Let us all remember that we only have one country. So let us not engage in activities that may jeopardise the peace that we currently enjoy,” he said.

Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor esteemed residents and candidates for maintaining peace throughout the campaign period.

She said in as much as a majority of the candidates are campaigning peacefully, there are some who are out to divide the communities along clan through incitement.

“If you don’t support a candidate avoid their rallies. But if you must attend then listen calmly even if the opponent is saying something you don't agree with. Remember campaigns will come and go but we will remain together as brothers and sisters,” she said.

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

Elders, leaders and professionals from Ijara hold hands during a peace meeting at Masalani stadium on Monday
Elders, leaders and professionals from Ijara hold hands during a peace meeting at Masalani stadium on Monday
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO
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