Justice Minister Signs the ‘Kenya kwanza charter’, implores tolerance during election.
Written by Carolyn Wamalwa
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Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa has asked Kenyans to exercise Integrity, inclusivity and tolerance of one another regardless of the existing differences and to ensure that communities forge unity as the country nears the general elections.
Wamalwa was reacting to allegations made by National Cohesion and Integration chairman Mzalendo Kibunja who revealed that there were reports of tension between certain communities for fear that some minority communities will forever remain misrepresented in the new system of governance created by the new constitution.
“There are emerging tensions in the counties because of the seats that are going to be contested for, where communities that don’t have numbers fear that they will be overwhelmed by communities with large numbers; we have a patriotic campaign “Kenya kwanza” aimed at letting Kenyans know that we can break the jinx of violence,” said Kibunja.
Wamalwa reiterated that devolution as provided by the new law is meant to serve as the basic block for uniting Kenyans to work towards the development agenda using devolved resources and privileges; and not creating unnecessarily hostility.
“The state of our counties is quite worrying and we have to do something to ensure that we put Kenya first .This charter will ensure non discrimination on grounds of ethnicity race or religion. That will ensure integrity in our leadership; encourage politics of inclusivity and tolerance, he said.
Kibunja added that his commission is working towards addressing the problem using county conversations which will include civic education; something he believes will help allay tension surrounding various communities.