Thika MPs call for political tolerance ahead of polls
Thika Member of Parliament Alice Ng’ang’a and her Kikuyu counterpart Kimani Icung’wa have called for political tolerance in the remaining three weeks to the general elections.
The MPs rubbished claims that Jubilee supporters attacked NASA supporters during the Raila Odinga’s tour in Thika last week.
The two Mps who were speaking at Kamenu primary school Thika on Saturday after commissioning the just renovated classrooms called on both political parties to practice peace and tolerance.
On his part Icung’wa called on NASA to tread cautiously while addressing people in jubilee strongholds saying that the Nasa flag bearer provoked jubilee supporters by calling them ‘macho ya chura’.
“Jubilee supporters were calm and ready to hear Raila not until when he started spewing words that provoked residents. The only way to avert negative emotions that are likely to spark hostility is for the hopefuls to stick in selling their agenda for the country and desist from ethnic profiling and provoking statements,” he said.
He said the supporters were peaceful until when Raila said ‘macho ya chura haizuii ng’ombe kunywa maji‘ accusing the NASA camp of beating up the jubilee supporters with jembe sticks they had ferried in one of their vehicles.
He added that the chaos were not a reflection of what happened in Homabay on Wednesday last week where deputy president William Ruto was heckled.
On her part, Thika MP Alice Ng’ang’a called on the residents to maintain peace during the three weeks remaining to the general elections.
“Thika is a hub of industries and any crisis in Thika means chaos in the country. I am urging Thika residents to lead in peace keeping in the run up to, during and after the elections because elections will go but Thika will remain,” she noted.
She said Thika comprised of the 42 tribes in Kenya noting the need for leaders to lead by example by conducting mature, issue based campaigns.