By James Mburu
Tuesday 25th, July, 2017- Kenyans from all walks of life are being urged to vote wisely in the upcoming general election slated for the 8th of August 2017. Speaking at a round table conference on “Sustainable peace and security in Kenya before, during and after the election” at a hotel in Nairobi, organized by the Kenya Chevening Alumni Network, Jane Gitau who is the chairperson of the group pleaded with Kenyans to ensure the country conducts a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.
“Kenya needs peace for its own economic growth and development, we all have a duty to ensure the country stands firm despite claims of a possible civil strife” her comments come in the wake concerns from religious leaders warning that the recent political bickering from politicians as they campaign for elective posts could lead the country to another possible violence as witnessed in 2007 and 2008 post -election violence.
Echoing her words at the conference, the Third Way Alliance Party Presidential candidate Dr Ekuru Aukot a fellow chevening scholar hinted that Kenyans must ensure they hold their leaders accountable.
“Leaders in this country have not been held accountable and have continued to orchestrate tribalism, normalized theft of public money, have no respect for the rule of law and have continued to relegate women and youth in government. Without proper stewardship no country can prosper”
The alumni networks with over 400 members in Kenya and 44,000 globally aims at promoting dialogue that influences national policy direction in Kenya, bringing together Chevening Kenya alumni with relevant stakeholders in government, private sector, civil society and within the international community to foster development.
By James Mburu