Uhuru warns against violence in run-up to August polls

April 20, 2017 2:22 pm
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President Uhuru Kenyatta delivering his statement from State House Nairobi on the eve of the Jubilee Party primaries/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned against any acts of violence in the ongoing party primaries across the country.

President Kenyatta cautioned that any aspirant found engaging in violence will face the full force of the law.

“Chaos and violence that feature in primaries will not be tolerated. A culture of hooliganism will not be accepted,” he told a press conference at State House on Thursday.

“Our party has worked hard and invested heavily in free, fair and credible primaries. Violence will not be accepted. Our police service has been put in place to ensure security during this exercise,” he said as he highlighted measures put in place to curb violence during the nominations.

There have been acts of violence reported in various parts of the country since last week when the Orange Democratic Movement Party kicked off its nominations.

President Kenyatta, who spoke a day to the start of the Jubilee Party nominations, says his party will uphold the highest integrity and democracy standards to ensure the will of the people prevails.

“Any aspirant who is not satisfied should raise the matter in a civil manner. Let us show everyone that party primaries can be conducted in a calm and professional and a civil manner,” he said.

In calling on party members and supporters alike to come out and participate in the exercise spread out over three days, the JP Party leader cautioned the more 60,000 officials against bungling the primaries.

“I encourage all Jubilee members to come out tomorrow to play their part in our democracy and ensure the best aspirants are elected,” he said.

“I thank more than 60,000 Jubilee officials who have worked hard on logistics but I also warn them that they must conduct themselves with utmost integrity.”

The Head of State insisted that he has no preferred candidate for any of the seats including Nairobi, where Senator Mike Sonko is engaged in a bitter gubernatorial contest with former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.

“I look forward to partnering with them. Together we will win this race,” he said. “I look forward to campaigning with those who will win.”

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