PEACE CAMPAIGNS

Kenya will remain whether Raila or Ruto wins, says Wangamati

Urges Kenyans and politicians to preach peace before, during and after elections.

In Summary

• Wangamati said he will be at the forefront to preach peace in Bungoma and its environs to ensure Kenyans participate in the election peacefully.

• County commissioner Samuel Kimiti put on notice politicians causing chaos during campaigns.

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati leads residents in prayers.
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati leads residents in prayers.
Image: TONY WAFULA
Women walk for over 5KM to spread peace message.
Women walk for over 5KM to spread peace message.
Image: TONY WAFULA

Kenya will still move on whether Kenya Kwanza or Azimio la Umoja takes power in August, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has said.

He urged Kenyans and politicians to preach peace before, during and after elections.

Wangamati was speaking at Bungoma Posta Grounds on Saturday during prayers organised by the national peace prayer committee.

“Let’s love one another and preach peace during this campaign season. Life must go on with either Raila or Ruto's presidency. There is no need to fight with the opponents,” he said.

Wangamati said he will be at the forefront to preach peace in Bungoma and its environs to ensure Kenyans participate in the election peacefully.

“I will and I have been at the forefront of preaching peace whenever I take my rally within Bungoma and outside,” he said.

Wangamati lauded the national prayer team for visiting the 47 counties and praying together with elected leaders, aspirants and other Kenyans to ensure peace prevails.

“Today, the political temperature is very high, with politicians exchanging bitter words. We have all met here for spiritual nourishment and advice from the men of God. Let’s put into practice what the bishops have told us," he said.

 Wangamati is seeking reelection on the DAP-K party that is part of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance coalition.

He said Bungoma is peaceful and he will not allow a few individuals to cause chaos during campaigns.

“In 2007-08 post-election clashes, Bungoma wasn’t affected much. I want to ask clerics to keep on praying for this great county of Bungoma that we have a peaceful contest,” he said.

County commissioner Samuel Kimiti put on notice politicians causing chaos during campaigns.

He said anyone found causing chaos will face the law.

“I was here before 5am and I found residents on their knees praying. This shows how dedicated Bungoma is,” Kimiti said.

He urged politicians to stick to the advice of the clerics and preach peace.

“While you are on your campaign trails, don’t take the entire time faulting your opponents, take time and encourage voters to be peaceful. Peace starts with politicians. If all the people die, then who will vote for you?” he posed.

“Election is not a matter of life and death,” he said.

Present at the prayers were Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, DAP-K party leader Wafula Wamunyinyi, MPs and MCAs.

Elsewhere, women in Bungoma on Saturday trekked over 5km to sensitise residents about the importance of keeping peace before, during and after elections.

Peace champion Rahma Issa told the Star that they decided to take the initiative because women aspirants face a rough time.

“This exercise not only preaches peace but is also to encourage women aspirants that we are with them during this period,” she said.

Issa urged youth not to allow politicians to use them to cause chaos during campaigns.  

 Edited by A.N

Bungoma county commissioner Samuel Kimiti.
Bungoma county commissioner Samuel Kimiti.
Image: TONY WAFULA
Bishops at Posta Grounds in Bungoma during national prayers on May 21, 2022.
Bishops at Posta Grounds in Bungoma during national prayers on May 21, 2022.
Image: TONY WAFULA
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