Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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Enock Kibunguchi addressing a gathering at Mtoni secondary school. photo: Joseph Amunya.
Parliament has been challenged to set the date for the forthcoming general election in December this year and save Kenyans from the agony of speculation.
Addressing parents at Mtoni secondary school in Likuyani district, former Lugari MP Dr. Enoch Kibunguchi has castigated members of the tenth parliament for their lackluster approach over the controversy surrounding the election date.
Praising Gichugu MP Martha Karua for being the only legislator who has come out boldly and demanded for a December General Election, Kibunguchi appealed to other legislators to emulate her by shelving their selfish interests if the country hopes to uphold some of the tenets enshrined in the new constitution.
“In the first place we will be defiling our new constitution that clearly defines when general elections area supposed to be held, we need not to debate on this”, said Kibunguchi.
He added that having elections done in March will greatly disrupt farming and learning activities across the country.
“The IEBC will definitely rely on primary and secondary schools and other learning institutions for crucial facilities such as classrooms to conduct its activities; does it mean that schools will have to close and bearing in mind that learners will have just returned after spending long December holidays at home?” said Kibunguchi.
“With aspirants shouting all over seeking for votes, will teachers and learners tolerate the madness that usually accompanies electioneering periods?” He added.
Kibunguchi warned that the country should prepare itself for a huge drop in agricultural production in case the elections are done in March.
Meanwhile, the former medical services assistant minister has urged the electorate to vet those seeking elective posts by carefully analyzing their track records in order for the country to produce leaders of integrity as demanded by chapter six in the new constitution.
He at the same time appealed to politicians to conduct themselves with dignity in order to allow for a peaceful general election and avoid a repeat of the orgy of violence witnessed in 2008.
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