Shun violence ahead of polls, CS Wamalwa tells politicians

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Eugene Wamalwa, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of water and irrigation (Centre) and the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender affairs Sicily Kariuki

Politicians have been urged to shun violence and preach peace ahead of the upcoming general elections. Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa called on politicians to engage in peaceful campaigns that would spearhead country’s development plan.

“We must avoid politics of hatred and propaganda. Let us live in harmony like brothers and sisters,” said Wamalwa. He asked Kenyans to be ambassadors of peace and reject politicians who intend to advocate for politics of ethnicity and create division among Kenyans.

Wamalwa who was accompanied by Public service, Youth and Gender Affairs CS Sicily Kariuki was speaking at Nyang’ori Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) church in Hamisi Sub County during National Women’s congress.

He said the government has allocated shillings 1.8Billion towards water project in the area to enable the residents to drink clean and treated water. “The 1.8Billion will be used to instigate uncontaminated water for local use and improve the welfare of our people in the region,” said Wamalwa.

Wamalwa who was speaking to over 3,000 women across the country who attended the one week conference said the Jubilee government had initiated several projects since assuming power and asked Kenyan s to vote for it during the coming general elections.

He said the government has offered free maternity services to women, removed examination fees for candidates and offered senior citizens above the age of 70 years with stipends in the last financial budget to make their life favourable. “The Jubilee government has revived Pan Paper, Mumias and Nzoia as their flagship projects to create more jobs for our youth,” said Wamalwa.

He said President Uhuru Kenyatta will soon visit the county and make Kaimosi University which is a constituent college of Masinde Muliro University in Vihiga County, a University of its own by giving it its own charter.

On her part, Kariuki said politicians should sell their agenda and policies to the electorates in order to be selected for various seats they are contending. “Let us not divide our people along tribal lines but compete on ideas that would take our country forward,” said Kariuki.

She challenged the women to be steadfast in their resolution to elect women in political seats and said that about 52% of women are registered voters in the Country. She added that the government has set aside money for youth and women at free interest loans that can help uplift their businesses and earnings for a better life. President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a personal donation of five million that was delivered by the two Cabinet secretaries to help in the church’s activities.