Mombasa-based rights group Haki Africa has said politicians hold the key to peace as the country prepares to go to polls.

The organisation’s executive director Hussein Khalid said on Monday that Kenya cannot afford to experience another cycle of violence like it happened in 2007.

“We are appealing to all the candidates to stand together and preach peace to communities,” he said at a press conference in Mombasa.

Haki Africa executive director Hussein Khalid. Photo:

He said Haki Africa, as one of the organisations overseeing the elections will continue to preach peace especially among communities living in Mombasa.

“Don’t keep away from voting,” Khalid said.

“We want to urge all the people to vote and elect the right leaders.”

He said Kenyans should learn from the 2007 Post-Election Violence and ensure peace prevails on and after August 8.