20 February 2013

Kenya: Shun Chaos, ACK Cleric Tells Mt Elgon Hopefuls

An Anglican church priest yesterday told Mt Elgon parliamentary candidates to stop inciting supporters to violence and instead maintain peace in the run-up to elections.

The National Council of Churches of Kenya chairman, Rev Bartholomew Kapchanga, has condemned last week's violence in which a candidate's supporters fought those of a rival. A Bungoma women representative Salome Mwangale was reportedly attacked at Kipchiria where scores of people were hurt and vehicle windscreens smashed.

Supporters of independent candidate John Serut clashed with those of ODM's Samson Kiboi who had accompanied Mwangale's convoy on a vote hunting mission. This prompted IEBC officials to summon the 14 candidates to a meeting at Kapsokwony County Hall on Monday.

Serut and Kiboi said after the meeting that the matter had been resolved amicably and vowed to conduct peaceful campaigns.

Other candidates in the race include URP's Fred Kapondi, UDF's Arnold Maswai, Kanu's Joe Kimkung, Kenda's Rose Chepkwemoi, Harry Kimutai of New Ford Kenya, Sammy Cheplondon (Ford Kenya), Bernard Mung'ou (Poa), Bramwel Murgor (NVP), Michael Kabron (Agano), John Kiptii (FPK), Peter Kitelo (RPK) and Peter Kibarak of UDM.

Kapondi, Serut, Maswai, and Kimutai have emerged as front runners in the race amid claims of voter bribery in the quest for a share of 51,046 votes on March 4.

Rev Kapchanga said: "Let those who lose go to court. We are praying for peace and our politicians must stop inciting supporters to violence..let them not facilitate drug and alcohol abuse by our youth at this time prior to engaging them in act of violence and property destruction."

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