, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – Presidential aspirant Raphael Tuju has cautioned Kenyans against voting along tribal lines during the March 4 general elections.
He said this could lead to a situation worse than the violence experienced following the 2007 polls.
“If we have the wrong government because Kenyans want to do what is popular for their tribe, when the country falls apart, then no tribe is going to remain safe and out of problems,” he said.
The Party of Action leader further observed that all parties responsible for the violence are yet been held to account and stated that it was unfair to single out Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North Member of Parliament, William Ruto who are facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the post election violence.
“There are many suspects who may not be ICC suspects but they are also suspects as far as the violence was concerned. So if you want to isolate some people and vilify them, I think it is hypocrisy,” he said. “It’s like you as adults make some two young people to fight and one kills the other, maybe they are minors, and you say I have nothing at all to do with this, you want to say you are innocent from it.”
He stated that those vying for political posts should not do so out of personal interest but be concerned with benefiting other Kenyans.
“We are looking at the position of President and so forth but just in the last 30 days close to one million young Kenyans left school and according to our calculations, 60 percent of them will not even have a job in their lifetime,” he stated.
He underscored that should this not happen, then Kenya could transform into a country full of strife.
“A small incident, if you want to call it that, when a young person burnt himself because of being harassed by what Kenyans would call a Council Askari when he was hawking created the Arab Spring,” he said.
He urged leaders to learn from past mistakes and never repeat them.
“Any country, any individual who does not learn from the mistakes of others risks making exactly the same mistake. In Syria 40,000 have been killed because of the youth bulge,” he stated.
“There’s hope. Myself and Peter Kenneth don’t come from the same community. In fact we don’t think of ourselves as tribes. We think of ourselves as Kenyan’s first.”