The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Maendeleo Chair Tells Women Aspirants in Coast to Preach Peace At Their Rallies

An aspirant has challenged women running for elective seats to preach peace. Mombasa county women representative hopeful Sureya Roble Hersi sadi some women aspirants are spreading hatred among the public instead of addressing real issues.

Hersi said it was sad to see women who are supposed to unite the nation incing the public. "I have heard women spreading hatred by spoiling their opponents' names. These women go round during campaigns to just bad mouth others. This will not help this country but it will tear it down," she said.

Hersi, who is also a chairperson Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Coast region, said some use youths to disrupt rallies of their rivals. The leader cautioned that such behavior was likely to attract violence.

"Some aspirants are now using youths to create tension during campaigns. This is very wrong and they need to change. Let every woman aspirant know her role in ensuring that there is no violence in elections," she said.

She challenged women aspirants to love one another. "There is no gain in hating your opponent. We all need one another in one way or the other. Hatred will not help us or it will not make us to achieve our dreams," she advised.

The aspirant also advised the youths to shun divisive leaders. "I want to advise the youth that by tolerating divisive leaders they are spoiling the future of this country. Let them at all costs stand against anyone whose interests is to divide this country into groups," she said.

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