, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 11 – Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Tuesday cautioned that the inter-ethnic clashes being experienced in parts of the country were a bad precedent for the implementation of devolution under the Constitution.
Mudavadi warned that the ethnic clashes could give opportunity for those against devolution to scare Kenyans that the fight is as a result of the new system of government which Kenyans have pegged their hopes on.
He said the security apparatus must act immediately to restore peace, law and order.
“We cannot accept a community being dislocated for the political interest of a person. Parallel negotiations with the warring communities must also be created to end the hostilities through the participation of the locals,” he added.
He was speaking at the UDF Party headquarters when he received immediate former Nairobi Town Clerk Roba Duba, former National Bank of Kenya Managing Director Reuben Marambii and former North Eastern Provincial Commission Maurice Makhanu to the party.
Duba intends to vie for the Marsabit governor’s post; Marambii is going for the Meru County governor seat while Makhanu who decamped from New Ford Kenya will be vying for the Bungoma governor’s seat.
Mudavadi said UDF is attracting the calibre of leaders who can bring a difference in public service to Kenyans.
The DPM also urged education stakeholders to urgently agree to a deal and end the stalemate that has put the education sector in crisis.
He said the stalemate has crippled the education sector denying Kenyan children the right to education and created uncertainty during the crucial period when candidates prepare for national examinations.
“Teachers, lecturers and any employee have a right to demand for better pay but I want to appeal to all to agree on a solution to the crisis urgently. Please stop holding extreme positions and adopt patriotism to find a solution,” he reiterated.
“It is not children who have committed crime for not paying teachers well; so let us all talk to allow our children pursue education,” he stressed.