1992 tribal clash victims appeal for peace ahead of 2022 general elections

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The victims' chairman Jotham Wanjala when he spoke to West Media
The victims' chairman Jotham Wanjala when he spoke to West Media

Victims of the tribal clashes that resulted from the 1992 general elections in Lugari Sub County have urged the electorates not to elect leaders who promote division and chaos as we head towards this year’s August general election.

Led by their chairman, Jotham Wanjala, the victims who were flashed from their farms in Rift Valley claimed they lost their property during 1992 ethnic skirmishes and that they would not want leaders who are war mongers in pursuit of their selfish gains while the majority poor are suffering.

The victims' leaders during a meeting held at Spring Park in Lugari
The victims’ leaders during a meeting held at Spring Park in Lugari

They said Kenyans should live where they are peacefully and that they are free to elect leaders they feel can bring development in areas of residence.

“What we ask as election date nears is that those people who like destroying people’s property should change their minds, politics is all about development not vandalism as it happened in the year 1992 and 2007,” said Wanjala.

He said different communities now living in Lugari Sub-County should be allowed to coexist peacefully not avoid seeds of division that can be promoted by certain self-seeking political leaders.

“Here we have representatives from different Kenyan communities and in one voice we support the government development plans but we denounce political leaders who promote division,” Wanjala said

Reuben Muhambe, group member, reiterated that Kenya is a democratic country and everyone has the right to choose leaders whom they think can drive their development agenda without any form of intimidation whatsoever.

“We condemn chaos, tribalism in anything that can divide Kenyans in this year’s general election,” said Muhambe.

Anthony Amakaka, member, called on the youths  also to shun leaders who would want to misuse them to cause chaos.

He asked them to support leaders who support development and preach harmony during their search for votes.

“We should avoid leaders who promote hatred but embrace those who show how to end poverty in communities,” Amakaka said.