Kapsabet Diocese Anglican Church of Kenya Bishop Dr. Paul Korir has called on all the aspiring candidates and the electorates to accord respect to independent candidates as they are equal to the task.
Speaking during a church function in Kapsabet, Korir cited that the church will not allow intimidation of the independent candidates whatsoever, thus asked Nandi aspirants vying on different political party tickets to respect their independent colleagues.
The Bishop warned them to stop branding them with names like Azimio La Umoja saying running independently does not mean that one is in a certain coalition thus asked Nandi residents to accord them respect and opportunity to campaign without any prejudice or political malice.
He noted that independent candidates in Nandi have been sidelined by their party opponents for being a threat to them saying everyone has a right to campaign anywhere in the region and as a church they are requesting all political leaders to respect each other irrespective of their political differences.
“I am asking all political leaders in Nandi irrespective of their political affiliations to consider respecting each other before, during and after the August 9 polls as they are brothers and sisters of one family of this nation.” He insisted.
Nandi County has many independent candidates that were filtered in party nominations majority being MCAs and MPs who opted for independent tickets after their party grievances were not heard.