Violence not allowed, says Kiraithe

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Eric Kiraithe has urged Kenyans to shun violence and said that political parties are responsible when it comes to controlling their supporters and crowds in rallies
Eric Kiraithe has urged Kenyans to shun violence and said that political parties are responsible when it comes to controlling their supporters and crowds in rallies

The government spokesperson, Eric Kiraithe, has today condemned acts of violence and destruction of property during the election period. This comes in the wake of the just concluded party celebrations that were held across the country. The event saw ODM supporters set a car belonging to a local business man on fire, claiming that he had hit one of the supporters.

Kiraithe confirmed that so far no report has recorded at any of the police stations concerning the allegations though the businessman and his employees have already written a statement in regards to the incident.

Kiraithe warned against divisive politics. “Politics of violence and impunity has no place in Kenya,” he said. He cited the post-election violence that was experienced after the 2007 general election. Such acts could easily impoverish the country as it has also been witnessed in other countries in Africa

He also insisted that although party meetings are considered private, it is up to the party members and leaders to take responsibility of their crowd and keep away from impunitive politics and incitement as it is primitive.

The judiciary and the police force were urged to use whatever power within their means to arrest and prosecute those found to be in violation and disturbance of peace. “Those committing crimes and displaying it openly on air will be prosecuted,” he said.

The youth who form a large percentage of the unemployed in Kenya, were also warned against being lured by politicians, who have their own gains in mind, “You must struggle to survive,” Kiraithe said.

Although the campaign period has not officially started it is constitutional right for the parties to start campaigning. He insisted that it possible to have a free democratic election without violence.