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Lobby Groups Warn Politicians Against Violence Ahead of Polls

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Politicians have been asked to desist from hate mongering as we gear towards elections.

Shofco organization Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Odede says that the country is at a boiling point and therefore politicians should conduct peaceful campaigns to ensure peace reigns during the entire electioneering period.

Odede who spoke when joining different slam leaders in Nairobi in a peace building activity  asked youths to be vigilant and not to be used by politicians to perpetrate chaos and  violence.

“The slums represent a bigger percentage of population and they have agreed to speak for themselves. To our leaders please watch what is coming from your mouth. Whatever is coming from your mouth can be fire you have power and comrades who follow you on your platforms, let them also speak about peace because Kenya is bigger than all of you,” Odede said.

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“We are working with leaders at grass-root level to organize town hall meetings and even inviting leaders for various debates so that they can sell their ideas and also preach peace,” Odede added.

Same were echoed by the community leaders from different slums including Mukuru and Mathare.

“If you engage in violence and get injured the injury will not be determined by the community you are coming from. Let’s maintain unity and peace because politics and politicians come and go but we shall remain as neighbours,” a youth leader from Korogocho said.

By Allan Otieno

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