Former Nacada chairman John Mututho has cautioned politicians against using violence to gain political mileage and asked law enforcement agencies to crack the whip.
Speaking in Molo town, Mututho who is vying for Nakuru gubernatorial seat urged locals not to vote for aspirants who engage in hate speech, violence and other electoral malpractices.
While referring to an incident that happened in Marigat last weekend where Tiaty parliamentary aspirant Pepee Kitambaa and Loyamorok MCA Kibet Cheretei were shot dead, Mututho called for peace and tolerance.
“It is very unfortunate that potential leaders have been killed in cold blood attacks which are politically instigated. It is an act of cowardice and an evil that the perpetrators will be judged for in their after-life,” Mututho said.
He added that the courts and prisons should cooperate to ensure that the recent directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have petty crime criminals released to create space for those committing crimes on a large scale.
“There is no need to fill our jails with petty crime offenders who are unable to raise their bails. Let those involved in murder, spreading ethnic animosity, corruption and other capital offences be the guests to our prisons,” Mututho added.
He lashed at politicians who use their power and financial muscles to intimidate their opponents saying that was a technique that has been passed by time.
His sentiments were echoed by Nakuru County MP Mary Mbugua who urged politicians to engage in agenda-based competition with their opponents without causing unnecessary fights as their electorates watch.
“You don’t have to poke your nose into what your opponent is cooking for the voters. Conduct your campaigns peacefully without interfering with what they are doing. In the end uniting your voters is the biggest achievement a leader can make,” Mbugua said.