KENYA DECIDES: Naivasha Youth Warned Against Violence As Tensions Simmer

what is ed geneva; font-size: small;”>Naivasha District Commissioner (DC) Mohammed Abbas has issued a stern warning to some aspirants who are allegedly using the youths and boda-boda operators to threaten other communities not from the area of unspecified consequences if they fail to vote for those from the local community.

The DC assured the residents of their security saying government has deployed enough security personnel and that no one should leave the district unless out of their own volition.

He has consequently directed the security personnel to hunt down and arrest those suspected to be instilling fear in communities especially those from the western part of the country.

While unveiling the Peace Monument in Naivasha on Wednesday, the commissioner urged all the communities in the district to maintain peace and work closely with the security personnel to ensure that the events of 2007/2008 were not witnessed again.

Abbas said that Naivasha was a fast growing town and that there was need to maintain peace to ensure that businesses are not disrupted after the elections to be held on Monday next week.

The DC appealed to the residents to take advantage of the geothermal power project which he said besides exposing the district to the outside world, it would attract investors for the rapid growth of the area,

He advised the youths to engage in positive activities instead of allowing themselves to be used by politicians for their own selfish ends.

Abbas thanked the Rotary Club of Naivasha for erecting the monument adding that their efforts in sensitizing people on the importance of peaceful coexistence and interdependence was commendable and should be emulated.

The Rotary representative for Naivasha Sylvia Koech said that the monument would symbolize the peace that exists amongst the residents of Naivasha and it will constantly remind them of the need to be tolerant to each other as members of the same community.

This comes as the issuance of leaflets become rampant to people living in Kisumu and Naivasha.

In their press statement to the media the Coalition for democracy has also assured the residents of Kisumu that their security is guaranteed and stressed that the people from Luhyia and Luo have coexistent together for long and therefore their opponents were the ones trying to install confusion.


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