Mudavadi urges Kenyans to pray for peaceful elections

Mudavadi gestures as he arrives for a service at Webuye Catholic Church acompanied by (L-R) MPs Musikari Kombo, Afred Sambu, Eugene Wamalwa and (right) George Khaniri/DPMPS

Mudavadi gestures as he arrives for a service at Webuye Catholic Church acompanied by (L-R) MPs Musikari Kombo, Afred Sambu, Eugene Wamalwa and (right) George Khaniri/DPMPS

BUNGOMA, Jan 6 – Amani Coalition presidential candidate Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has urged Kenyans to pray for peaceful elections and remain united before, during and after the forthcoming historic general elections.

Speaking on Sunday when he attended a church service at Webuye Catholic Church accompanied by New FORD Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa, Mudavadi said past turbulence in the Country calls for Kenyans to pray for peaceful elections and also vote wisely to avoid a repeat of the violence experienced after 2007 elections by electing the Amani Coalition.

“Pray for our country but vote for Amani Coalition because the other outfits represent the past elections when we have experienced turbulence that threatened our country. We in Amani coalition stand for peace, unity of all Kenyans and offer an alternative peaceful leadership and not the polarizing political competition of our opponents,” he reiterated.

Mudavadi said a vote for Amani will be a vote for a peaceful transition and stable Kenya adding that the other coalitions have very complicated names for the common man to understand and are meant to hide their true intentions of dividing the country.

“But here is Amani meaning peace, reconciliation, unity and stability that you understand and desire. I ask Kenyans to associate themselves with and vote for Amani and not fellows who will call each other names from day one in government,” he said.

He appealed to residents of the region not to listen to propaganda by his opponents scared of his candidature.

“Some leaders fueled by ethnic hate have started misinformation that I am a Luhya leader only. They conveniently forget that western is the most cosmopolitan after Rift Valley and Nairobi. Why do want to discriminate the Teso, Sabaot, Kisii, Luo and Kikuyu who live happily here amongst the Luhya. We don’t want your primitive ethnic politics exported here,” Mudavadi cautioned.

He said the Amani Coalition offers all the people of Western region the greatest gift of the long time elusive unity to vote together as they have lived, draw respect in national politics and offer leadership to the country.

“I want to thank my brother Eugene for sacrificing his ambitions to support me. We will work together to unite Kenyans in the western region so as to earn respect and end being the laughing stalk in national politics,” he told the congregation.

The trip to Bungoma County has come just a day after Wamalwa quit the presidential race in favour of Mudavadi who was endorsed as Presidential candidate for Amani Coalition that brought together UDF, New FORD Kenya, KANU and New Vision parties, among others.

A large contingent of western leaders accompanying the DPM include Ministers MPs Shoita Shitanda, George Khaniri and Manyala Keya; MPs Alfred Sambu, Bonni Khalwale, Musikari Kombi, Benjamin Washiali, Yusuf Chanzu; former MPs Mukhisa Kituyi and Kipruto Arap Kirwa; and Kenneth Lusaka Bungoma among many other Gubernatorial aspirants from the region.

LABAN WANAMBISI

Laban Wanambisi is a Parliamentary and Political reporter. He joined the Capital Newsteam in 2005. Since then, he has reported on many of the major news events over the years including his first major assignment covering the 2005 National Referendum on the Draft Constitution, and several other subsequent key national and international events.