NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17- Ahead of Jubilee nominations set for Friday, former Industrialization Assistant Minister Nderitu Muriithi has called on Kenyans to embrace peaceful campaigns and shun politicians who would incite them to violence.
He said it was their prerogative to elect leaders of their choice and whose vision to steer meaningful development was clear.
“My plea is that we all vote for leaders who have what it takes to steer the country’s development forward,” he said, “we are ready for free and fair nominations.”
Over 8000 aspirants are eying various political seats under the Jubillee ticket, in what is shaping out as one a bruising nomination exercise.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have assured that they will not favour anyone in the nominations in the spirit of democracy.
Muriithi, who is also contesting for the Laikipia County Gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket, has rallied other leaders in the opposition, to also support the positive development the Jubilee government was undertaking instead of opposing every project initiated by the government.
“I urge my fellow leaders to pursue a peaceful campaign…we should remain as one after all elections will just be for a while,” he said.
On Sunday, Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju warned aspirants who will engage in violence during the nominations to prepare for disqualification.
“We will not tolerate any form of violence in our nominations,” Tuju warned.
ODM nominations which started last week have been marred by violence leading to cancellations of results in a move that has angered aspirants and supporters in areas like Busia among others.