- The governor said polls will come and go but citizens will remain united despite different political affiliations.
- He urged the political class to tone down the political temperature for the sake of the nation.
Politics shouldn't cause enmity among Kenyans during this campaign period, says Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo.
He urged politicians to sell their policies in peace and allow Kenyans to decide at the ballot who should lead them.
The governor said polls will come and go but citizens will remain united despite different political affiliations.
"My appeal to the political class across the country is to focus on the politics of uniting the country and development first," Ottichilo said.
"We have been facing challenges during the transition period but that should not be the way to go. We want to make history of a peaceful transition," he added.
“In 2007-08 Kenya was in flames, 2013 the same mistake was experienced and in 2017 even young and innocent kids suffered because of politics,” he said.
The governor urged the political class to tone down the political temperature for the sake of the nation.
Ottichilo urged all politicians to compete on policies that will benefit the nation rather than politics that will divide the nation.
His sentiments were echoed by Luanda MP Chris Omulele who was present at Mumboha Church of God during the funeral service of the late Tom Indeche.
Indeche was the father to Alfred Indeche,the CECM for Finance in Vihiga county.
The two leaders drummed support for Raila Odinga, urging the locals to elect him as the next president.
They said if Raila is elected the country will benefit much in terms of development.
"If it were not for Raila Odinga I wouldn't be here as your governor," Ottichilo said.
He said the current Constitution that Kenyans enjoy was through Odinga's sweet.
"Devolution that is here at the moment, it was Raila Odinga who pushed for it and you have seen what it has done,"he cited.
He said Raila has a plan to increase resource allocation to the counties from the current 15 per cent to 35per cent.
Ottichilo said with 35 per cent increase, more development will be realised compared to what the devolved units are having currently.
"Governors have tried their best with the current budget. If you divide that 15 per cent to salaries, recurrent expenditure and add in development then pending bills come," Ottichilo said.
"What else do you expect me to do as your governor?"
He pleaded with locals to reelect him as the governor to continue serving them.
"What I have done isn't enough because of the mess I got in that office but now my house is in order. Reelect me and you will be happy with my performance," he said.
Edited by Henry Makori