The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Konoin's Kones Advises Voters

AN MP has asked Kenyans to elect leaders with tested leadership skills in the forthcoming general election. Konoin MP Julius Kones challenged Kenyans to elect individuals and not parties in the next years' general election.

Kones made the remarks yesterday at Boito Secondary School during the launch of the construction of the Bomet Youth Polytechnic in Konoin district, Bomet county. "In the past, Kenyans have voted in individuals who are corrupt because of their party affiliations," said Kones.

Kones is eyeing the governor seat in the county under the United Republican Party's ticket. He said Kenyans should not gamble with their lives by choosing leaders who will auction their wealth at the altar of creed and nepotism. "If Kenyans will place emphasis on individuals and avoid the herd mentality the ugly confrontations of 2007-2008 will not recur," said Dr Kones while adding that people must embrace democracy and avoid tribal animosities.

Dr Kones said that the leaders should be in the front line in uniting people and addressing issues affecting them and leave politics aside. "The era of confrontational politics is long gone. Leaders must unite to serve the people irrespective of their parties," he said. Elsewhere, an aspirant for Narok County governorship seat Daniel Taleng'o ole Kiptunen has urged the locals to elect leaders on merit in the next polls.

Kiptunen said that it now high time the people should different between the party and performance which have lead to ushering in leaders with poor records. "We should elect our leaders on merits to ensure smooth running of the county. Gone are the days when leaders were elected because of the party as this is the new dawn following the ushering in of the new constitution gives autonomy," said Kiptunen.

He told electorates to ensure that the leaders meet strict requirements on leadership and integrity as outlined in the Constitution. The aspirant said that new dispensation has opened up avenues for massive development and will change the ways Kenyans are govern their region by voting for it. "Let's scrutinise those are eying for various leadership positions in the county and elect leaders with clean records," said Kiptunen.

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