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Kibaki urges peace in campaigns

Story by NATION Team
Publication Date: 12/10/2007

President Kibaki has asked parliamentary and civic candidates to stop playing dirty and instead promote peace and unity during campaigns.

The President also expressed confidence in winning the elections, promising to fulfil all  electoral pledges he had made. 

He also appealed to Kenyans to shun violence, with 18 days to go to the December 27 General Election.

Avoid mudslinging

Candidates should conduct their campaigns with maturity and avoid mudslinging, to guard against creating animosity among the people, said the Head of State.

“I don’t see why people should incite others into violence during this time,” he said moments after attending a church service at the House of Grace church in Lang’ata, Nairobi. 

This is the second time that the President is visiting the area in as many days. 

And he warned Kenyans against promoting hatred, saying it would plunge the country into chaos. 

Kuresoi and Mt Elgon areas in the Rift Valley province have been the hardest hit with by the violence.

In Kuresoi, at least 16 people have been killed.

President Kibaki appealed to religious leaders to take a leading role in preaching against violence in the country. 

Elsewhere, affiliate parties in the Party of National Unity (PNU) from three Central Province constituencies held a joint rally at the weekend to drum up support for President Kibaki’s re-election.

However, only 16 candidates out of 40 attended the rally meant unite them and consolidate their support for President Kibaki.   

Speaking at Ihura stadium in Murang’a North, Constitutional Affairs assistant minister Danson Mungatana trashed promises given to Kenyans by ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga. 

Mr Mungatana said President Kibaki would win the December 27 elections by more than 68 per cent of votes cast if all registered voters turned up on polling day. 

He dismissed the recent opinion polls saying they did not reflect the true picture. 

Separately, PNU Sunday pledged to turn around jua kali (informal) into a vibrant sector.

In a statement, the PNU secretariat said that President Kibaki’s Government has committed itself to making the sector into “incubators of micro-enterprises and in time graduate to bigger business”. 

Million stalls

PNU Deputy Press Secretary Dismas Mokua said the party would roll out the Million Stalls and Sheds Programme by building hawkers’ markets, jua kali parks and small business parks in every city, town and municipality. 

“We want to help transform the jua kali sector into a vibrant small business sector, and we have the policies to do this,” he added.

“A PNU Government will strengthen the Youth Enterprise Fund to Sh5 billion, giving our youth even more funds to develop their businesses,” said Mr Mokua.

Reported by Dave Opiyo, Waikwa Maina and Sam Kiplagat 

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