4 March 2013

Kenya: Spare Children Pain of Poll Chaos, Women Tell Politicians

WOMEN leaders have asked Kenyans to spare women and children the suffering that was witnessed during the 2007/8 post-election violence.

Speaking during a peace caravan along the streets of Kitui town, Kalundu and Wikiliye trading centres, the women who were led by area District Officer Beatrice Ndenga asked Kenyans to shun election-related chaos.

The demonstrators included a senior manager with Young Women Christian Association Margret Kiema, Peace Nets Angeline Mwikali Elijah and Kitui OCPD Lilian Okembo.

"This peace caravan is loaded with a two-pronged messages: We want women to be allowed free space to participate in elections and upholding of peace during the election," said Kiema.

Elijah said Kenyans should realise that even after March 4th, the country should remain one. "Women of Kenya will continue doing businesses as usual. It is prudent to maintain peace. We must advise our people not to mill around polling centres after casting votes to avoid differences with rivals. They should go home to await results," she said.

The OCPD said police had put in measures to ensure adequate security and cautioned those who attempt to disrupt peace that they will be arrested and immediately charged in court by stand-by CID officers.

"We have two lorry loads of riot squads and at least 25 patrol cars to ensure all goes well. At every tallying centres we have at least 15 security officers," said the OCPD. She said the measures were not meant to intimidate voters but to guarantee their peace.

Ndenga, who flagged of the peace caravan, however, said Kitui residents had vowed to ensure peace as they were aware of the destructive repercussions of violence.

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