Kisi civil society groups to hold governor candidates debates

The debate has been scheduled for July 7.

In Summary

•The debate which will be held at the  Kisii University is said to offer them a chance to sell their manifestoes and agendas to the residents of Kisii.

•The organisations deplored flouting of the Independent Electoral and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rules and regulations by candidates for elective seats, terming it wrong and unacceptable.

Kisii governor aspirant Simba Arati during a press briefing at Azimio regional office in Kisumu on Saturday.
Kisii governor aspirant Simba Arati during a press briefing at Azimio regional office in Kisumu on Saturday.
Image: MAURICE ALAL

Civil society organizations in Kisii have organized a debate for gubernatorial candidates in the County on July 7.

The debate which will be held at the  Kisii University is said to offer them a chance to sell their manifestoes and agendas to the residents of Kisii.

The organisations deplored flouting of the Independent Electoral and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rules and regulations by candidates for elective seats, terming it wrong and unacceptable.

They were led by John Omangi, Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Bishop, South Nyanza Diocese.

Omangi urged all candidates to adhere to IEBC regulations which require them to begin their campaigns by six in the morning and end them at six in the evening, noting that candidates are campaigning at night and disturbing residents.

The key appealed to IEBC and law enforcers to monitor the campaigns and take action against candidates, and their supporters to curb the violence.

“Night campaigns are affecting us. We cannot sleep. The trend is bad and I urge the politicians to stop it and adhere to the code of conduct they signed when they were cleared by the electoral body,” bishop Omangi told the press.

Speaking after a church service at St. Philip ACK church at the headquarters, the Bishop, flanked by the church’s youths and women, said that since campaigns started, service delivery has been poor in the county.

Some civil servants, he said, have abdicated their responsibilities even as Kenyans suffer due to the high cost of fuel, cooking oil and flour across the country.

Kenyans are disillusioned and tired owing to the high cost of living.

The Department to regulate the cost of fuel and energy has failed.

Omangi said the Energy Petroleum and Regulatory Authority, tasked with controlling prices of fuel and gas has never reduced its prices and urged the government to intervene and cushion Kenyans against the skyrocketing cost of living.

“The government should ensure that Kenyans have enough food. Does it mean that there is no food at the National Cereals and Produce Board ( NCPD) to ease the suffering of poor Kenyans?" he passed.

Omangi noted a majority of poor Christians were begging for food from church leaders and appealed to the government to intervene and reduce the prices of foodstuff to enhance the lives of Kenyans.

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