Peace messages dominated Mashujaa Day celebrations at Busia County Stadium on Friday as youth, church, political leaders and the local administration called for sobriety ahead of the emotive October 26 presidential election.

Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi who represented Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said political temperatures in the country were spilling.

“As NASA we say we shall not participate in the elections until minimum reforms have been met by the IEBC. To cool the rising temperatures in the country, leaders need to sit together and dialogue. The economy is being affected by the unfolding political situation. Elections will come and go but Kenyans will remain,” he said.

Muslim leader Sheikh Mohamed Oyuolo said it is regrettable leaders are putting the country in a precarious position.

“Church leaders will take the lion’s share of blame if the country degenerates into anarchy. Leaders have put the country in a quagmire. We shall not know the importance of peace in the country until peace becomes elusive. We should embrace peace which should be an obligation. Look for peace which can bring development,” he said.

Sheikh Oyuolo said the direction taken by leaders and parties can land Kenya into anarchy.

County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal said peace in the repeat Presidential elections next Thursday is paramount, adding peace can bring development, unity and good life.

“What we shall not allow is to block voters from going to cast their votes. We have put elaborate security measures,” he said.

National Youth Council County chairman Benjamin Sireka said the country is at cross roads over the controversial repeat poll slated for October 26.

“Leaders should sacrifice their personal ambitions and dialogue. Let us pray for our country to avoid bloodshed,” he said.