The Star (Nairobi)

3 January 2013

Kenya: Former Kisii Mayor Cautions Leaders Against Inflamatory Remarks

Former Kisii mayor Samuel Nyangeso yesterday asked those seeking elective seats in the March 4 elections to stop making inflammatory remarks which can ignite violence.

Speaking at Keumbu Holiness Children Home where he distributed food, clothing and bedding, Nyangeso asked Kenyans to make wise decisions during the polls saying the country needs credible leaders who can steer it to positive development.

"Those seeking various elective posts including the presidency should dwell on their policies during campaigns and not incitement or mudslinging," he said.

He said each should preach peace so as to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2007-2008.

He told-off Gusii leaders for failing to prioritise the welfare of orphans, widows and the destitute in the region.

He said the number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in the region has increased significantly saying many of these are living in deplorable conditions. Especially being those whose parents died of Hiv/Aids.

"The county government should set aside funds to carter for these children because they are part and parcel of our society," he said.

He said leaders should come up with better programmes aimed at addressing challenges faced by residents instead of serving their own selfish interests.

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