Three governors call for peace and reconciliation in the country

Three governors have called for peace and reconciliation in the country in order to enable the nation move forward.

The governors have regretted that the just concluded presidential repeat elections held on 26’th of last month divided Kenyans further and hence there was a dire need for leaders to retract back to the people and rally for peace and cohesion in an effort to health the country from the ethnic hatred.

Governors Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and their Kiambu counterpart Fendinard Waititu observed that political rhetorics and hatred was to blame for the ethnic animosity being experienced in the country, and have now challenged other elected and religious leaders to lead in peace building.

They noted that despite the political divisions, the region was with good agricultural land, but residents continued to live in abject poverty which they said cannot be handled unless leaders opt to work together.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said it was regrettable that poverty was synonymous with local people inspite of their hand work and fertile lands.

He noting that devolution came to help boost the common mwananchi, current governors need not to repeat the mistakes made by their predecessors, and instead, should focus their resources on programs and projects that will help raise the living standard of the local people.

Noting that unity of purpose was necessary, Kinyuanjui said governors and local leaders need to work together and conduct peace campaigns across the county in order to help in reconciliation in an effort to bring people together.

He also challenged religious leaders to also join hands and pray for the country.

His sentiments were echoed by Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia who noted that the reconciliation process should not be left to one side of the political divide but need to bring all leaders on board to ensure its success.

He added that elected leaders must shun divisive politics which he observed does not add value to the common mwananchi.

Kiambu governor Fendinard Waititu thanked Kenyans for voting for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the recent elections and called on the opposition to accept the decision and move on.

He also called on NASA Principals Musalia Mundavandi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula to abandone the Raila led opposition saying they were being misled by the former Prime Minister.

He said Raila has failed to garner enough votes to clinch the top seat, but since his time was over, he need not to cause violence in order to get the top leadership position in the country.

He alleged that Raila Odninga was behind the chaos that rocked Kawangware area in Nairobi recently in his attempt to cause ethnic animosity and urged Kenyans to shun “his outdated” politics of division.

The governors spoke at Milangine village in Nyandarua County during the funeral service of the late Rev. Fr. Samwel Wachira, a brother to Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia who perished in a grisly road accident along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway near Gilgil town last week.

He is survived by his wife Stella Njambi and seven children.

On her part, Gender and Public Service Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki who was also  attended the service said the National Governor was still reviewing the Succession Act that will look into the issues of widows and widowers.

She challenged governors to also domesticate the Act which is already in its formation stage so that issues affecting such people can be addressed even at the county level.


By Lydia  Mwangi