11 February 2013

Kenya: Maina Kiai Appeals for Issue Voting

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly Maina Kiai has cautioned Kenyans against voting in six piece in next month elections.

"Leaders use parties to make them rich and not serve their people, that is why they insist in six piece voting pattern which locks out issue based politics," he said.

Kiai said the just concluded nominations should be respected instead of campaigning on six piece platform which isn't issue based.

Kiai was speaking at Migori Primary School as the director of InformAction where they organized a human rights workshop of voting rights, the ICC process and effects of Uhuru-Ruto leadership to the country.

"The two if elected as leaders will face international isolation and the economy will take a dip as Kenyan goods will not be accepted for export and they will form a weak government as both the president and his deputy will be away from trial," he said.

Alfred Mogire InformAction Kisii region coordinator which covers Kisii, Nyamira, Homa Bay and Migori counties said voters should know their rights to choose their own leaders without being coerced by 'six piece'.

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