Aspirants to pull off Nyando seat
26 November 2012, 14:48
Three aspirants running for the Nyando Parliamentary seat have threatened to pull out of the race unless security agencies move swiftly to contain youthful goons on hire to harass and intimidate political rivals and their supporters.
Speaking in Kisumu where they presented a petition to Nyanza Provincial Commissioner Francis Mutie, the leaders; Patrick Ouya, Jared Okello and Otieno Karan declared they have no business running at the cost of lives being lost in the hands of such goons.
The three vowed to become ambassadors of peace in Nyando and act as role models for their ardent supporters.
They took a swipe at the current MP Fred Outa who they claim is behind the recent spate of violence that has rocked the constituency.
The trio further charged that Outa has been given two security officers without the full knowledge of Kisumu East District Commissioner and wondered how that was possible.
"Our patience is running out but if pushed to the wall, we will have to move to protect our people against politically instigated attacks to prevent further unnecessary loss of lives in the name of gunning for an elective post," stated Ouya.
He charged that police officers in Nyando have done little to investigate the series of violence reported to them and especially those involving supporters of the MP.
"It is archaic and primitive for Outa to adopt outdated methods in an attempt to reclaim Nyando parliamentary seat. Outa is the lord of impunity", charged Jared Okello.
On his part, former East African Legislative Assembly MP Otieno Karan wondered how Outa had managed to access such kind of "opulence and privilege" only reserved for Ministers and top Government officials.
Reacting, Nyanza Provincial Commissioner Francis Mutie said the security agencies have focused their attention on Nyando among other political hot spots.
Mutie said political campaigns must be conducted in a peaceful environment without abusing rivals as this only compromised the security and safety of the citizen.
The PC warned that they will not allow politicians to stoop too low by personalizing the attacks under the guise of looking for votes as this was tantamount to hate speech.
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