A section of leaders have asked security agencies in the country to dismantle organised gangs used by politicians to cause instability in the country.
They said the groups pose a danger to the development of the country besides staining the democratic gains in Kenya.
In particular, they noted that the increased use of such criminal outfits to cause violence during elections was denying Kenyans their political freedom.
They spoke on Friday at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, during a thanksgiving ceremony organised by McDonald Mariga who contested on Jubilee ticket in the recently-held Kibra by-elections.
They were Deputy President William Ruto, National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale, MPs Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Rindikiri Mugambi (Buuri), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East) and Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga.
“By allowing violence to determine election outcomes, we are setting a dangerous precedent ahead of the 2022 race,” said Mr Duale.
The Garissa Township MP said Kenya had made progress in the political space, paving way for Kenyans to choose their leaders freely.
However, he explained, this new trend of using threats and violence risks taking Kenya backwards.
“The country would soon have goons as their leaders. This is perilous to the future of our country,” he added.
Mr Duale told the Inspector General of Police to act independently and rid the country of elements that threaten its stability.
“If you (Inspector General of Police) do not take action against those who perpetuated violence during the Kibra by-elections, then you would be setting stage for confrontations in every corner of the country.”
The leaders said the progress made in Kenya needed to be guarded if the country’s development agenda were to be realised.
“We shun stale politics and embrace competition based on our development credentials,” said Mr Ichungwa.
The Kikuyu MP said politicians have the cardinal role of safeguarding the rule of law.
“We must not glorify and sanitise violence; if you think you will use violence to influence election results then that is not the Handshake that Kenyans want,” he observed.
Mr Korir wondered how some politicians had given the Kibra mini-poll a clean bill of health when several people were nursing injuries.
“The violence in Kibra must be condemned, whether caused by ODM or Jubilee,” he said.
On his part, Mr Ngunjiri said it was unfortunate that some leaders had been preaching hate and inciting Kenyans as security agencies watch.
“That is how the Rwanda genocide began,” he said.
Mr Osoro urged youths to be alert, and avoid being used by politicians in causing havoc. Instead, he asked them to enrol in trainings that would better their skills thereby making them employable.
Despite the hostility, Dr Ruto lauded the people of Kibra for rallying behind Jubilee candidate.
“I want to tell our friends in ODM if they want to go forward as a political party, they must renounce violence,” said the Deputy President.
He said violence cannot be used as a political tool to transform Kenya.
“They cannot hide their violence anywhere. You cannot hide violence behind Building Bridges Initiative or the Handshake,” explained Dr Ruto.
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A section of Jubilee leaders have said their stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) would be informed by the people.
While the contents of the Initiative’s report are not yet to be made public, the leaders said the document has to be transformative and address needs of Kenyans for it to win public support.
They said any move to revive political fortunes of some individuals through BBI would be opposed.
The leaders spoke on Wednesday in Murang’a County during the burial ceremony of Gibson Kinyanjui, the brother to Kandara MP Alice Wahome that was attended by Deputy President William Ruto.
They included Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Michael Muchira (Oljororok), Rahab Mukami (Woman Rep, Nyeri), Haika Mizighi (Woman Rep, Taita Taveta), Halima Mucheke (Nominated) and Christine Zawadi (Nominated).
Others were Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Caleb Kositany (Soy), William Cheptumo (Baringo North), Tecla Tum (Woman Rep, Nandi), Janet Sitienei (Turbo), Florence Bore (Woman Rep, Kericho) and Liza Chelule (Woman Rep, Nakuru).
“Before we engage each other, let us go back and talk to the people. The most important thing to us as leaders is service delivery to the people; it is not so much about the Handshake or the BBI,” said Mr Wa Iria.
He regretted that the country was undergoing turbulent political times due to the noises being made around about the BBI.
This, he said, might have a negative impact on the development of the country.
“We worked well between 2013 and 2017. We expected this tranquillity to go on but that has not been the case. Kenyans are not happy,” added the Murang’a Governor.
He said the energy that is being used to build new political formations should be used in serving Kenyans.
Ms Wahome said leaders’ priority should be on uniting and empowering Kenyans.
“We do not want to go back to a country that is ethnically torn apart; we should discourage any form of division in our society,” she said.
Mr Nyoro wondered how some politicians were quick at commenting on BBI yet its report had not yet been released.
He asked Kenyans for patience, saying the report would be made public “and a decision would be made based on the content therein”.
Mr Murkomen said it is the oneness of the country that would inform the transformation agenda of the country.
“Let us shun leaders who pursue their political expedition through violence, hate and division. As Jubilee, we have the obligation of displaying togetherness in our party for a prosperous Kenya,” he explained.
On his part, Mr Barasa said the country would rally behind BBI if it would turnaround farmers’ fortunes in the long run.
“Kenyans want anything radical that would uplift their lives,” he noted.
His sentiment was supported by Ms Jumwa who warned Kenyans against some “cons” hiding behind BBI.
Meanwhile, the Deputy President urged politicians to shun empty-talks and engage in issues that would better the lives of the people.
He said it was tiring and unfair to engage Kenyans in incessant politics at the expense of development.
‘We finished with politics in 2017; now, let us work for the people if we are to elevate our political prospects in 2022,” he argued.