County Commissioner Calls for Peace & Coexistence Ahead of Elections

Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Sam Ojwang, his deputy Charles Ocharo urged residents to maintain peace during this electioneering period

‘’There is life after campaigns and we will all need each other. Guard yourselves with love for each other knowing that you have no other brother-sister or brother apart from your neighbour’’-Mr Charles Ocharo

By David Musundi

Deputy County Commissioner for Trans Nzoia West Mr Charles Ocharo has urged residents in the cosmopolitan county to maintain peace during this electioneering period. He spoke at the County Commissioner’s office yesterday. Mr Ocharo told residents to be peace ambassadors during the ongoing campaigns.

‘’There is life after campaigns and we will all need each other. Guard yourselves with love for each other knowing that you have no other brother-sister or brother apart from your neighbour’’, he said. He warned against disruption of other peoples’ businesses and livelihoods under the guise of fighting for politicians seeking political offices. “I wish to ask all people of this county of Trans Nzoia to be peace ambassadors in the run-up, during and after the 9th August elections’’, said the administrator.

He challenged the political class to preach peace and cohesion during their daily campaign meetings. “As you are all aware Trans Nzoia is the real face of Kenya where everyone stays and lives. The government will do all it can to ensure that there is relative peace during and after the elections’’, he said. He challenged the youth not to accept to be misused by politicians to cause mayhem during political meetings.

The meeting was also attended by politicians vying for various seats ranging from MCAs, Senators, Members of Parliament, Women Representative, the business community and the clergy. He asked residents not to surrender their rights to vote for credible leadership that will help transform lives and create an enabling environment for them to do business unhindered. ‘’You must shun away from politicians whose motives are to put this country on fire through careless political statements they make during campaign meetings’’, he warned.

Trans Nzoia County Police Commander Jacinta Wesonga who was also present asked residents to remain vigilant and report any criminal activity they feel could endanger lives or others. The Police boss asked those with information that will lead to the arrest of those spreading hatred to volunteer the information to the security team which she said will act in confidence and apprehend those culpable. She assured the business community that they will be offered round-the-clock security to go about their daily chores without disturbance. 

‘’We want to assure every resident of this county, especially the business community, that we will give them maximum protection during and after the ongoing campaigns’’, said the Police boss.

Trans Nzoia County peace committee chairman Reuben Butaki who also spoke during the meeting said there was a need for all communities residing in the county to embrace and sustain peace at all times.

He said Trans Nzoia had in the past been affected by election-related tensions and violence that disrupted social security, peace and economic development. He stated that the peace committee had resolved to work with the clergy, politicians, security officers and politicians to inform residents of the need to do- exist peacefully. The County disability youth Chairman Chris Odhiambo challenged the youths to take control of their future by refusing to be used to cause disruptions during political campaigns.

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