As the country enters the electioneering period Lugari residents have been urged to be ready to help the government in conducting peaceful and successful elections. Speaking during the Madaraka day celebrations held at the Lumakanda Township sports grounds the area sub county deputy county commissioner (DCC) Mrs Agnes Karoki Shadrack said for a successful general elections, the government will rely on the contribution of everybody to foster peace.
At the same time, the official urged residents living along the borders between Kakamega and Uasin Gishu counties to maintain and promote peace, saying that the country should, at whatever cost, avoid a repeat of what happened after the 2007/2008 General elections.
She noted that there was an urgent need to bring together and foster peace among different communities living along the boundary between the two counties especially at Turbo in order to prevent the occurrence of violence before and after the August 8th, General Election.
The Lugari DCC assured area residents the police department and other agencies have enhanced security measures in the sub county in order to put in check any incidents of lawlessness and at the same time she appealed to political aspirants for various elective seats to conduct peaceful campaigns as they seek votes during this electioneering period.
She also warned parents against allowing their underage children to follow and attend political rallies arguing it was so dangerous to their lives especially with speeding vehicles and motorbikes in the politicians’ entourages.
“It’s disappointing to see children as young as nine or ten years following politicians, we know they enjoy the music but it’s so dangerous to their lives, they can easily be knocked by the speeding motorbikes or vehicles so let’s take care of our children we should not allow children below the age of eighteen to follow politicians,” she said.
Elsewhere the DCC has instructed police department to carry out a crack down and take a legal action against shop owners who are allegedly selling the government subsidized maize flour at a higher price than the required Kshs. 90 price.
This follows complaints from members of the public who claimed they were being sold the commodity at a price of between Kshs 130 to Kshs 140.
“This is illegal and those who will be found culpable of conning the public must be arrested and be prosecuted,” warned the DCC.