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Shun violence, Political hopefuls urged

24 May 2012, 16:27 Kelvin Wanjohi

A Kuresoi North parliamentary aspirant Alex Tum has urged all political hopefuls in the constituency to express maximum restraint in their campaigns to promote peaceful coexistence in the volatile area of Rift Valley.

He said if leaders collectively preached peace and unity ahead of the general election, the angry incidents experienced during the skirmishes would not recur.

He said the government had allocated billions toward peace building and conflict resolution in hotspot areas in Rift Valley adding that the money channeled toward resettlement of clash victims back into peaceful homes was not enough to resettle and compensate both Idps and Mau forest evictees.

He said he was ready to battle it out with other declared parliamentary aspirants in Kuresoi North adding that his campaigns would be issue based on peace and development.

Addressing residents at Kamara shopping centre after opening a water project constructed under the Alex Tum Foundation, the leader said the next election would be a great test between developers and peace ambassadors at heart with leaders who seek political mileage by divide residents on tribal lines.

He said tribal clashes had caused untold damages in Rift Valley since the first multiparty elections adding that the government should look at the issue of peace with a new set of eye glasses to avoid generation of violence, bloodshed and mass transfer of persons as experienced in the last elections.

Alex Tum said he perceived the constituency with a different approach adding that the past leadership had totally forgotten people’s welfare leaving them with high standards of living with no or less hopes of a better tomorrow.

With his slogan Nuru ya Maendeleo na Amani Kuresoi North, Alex maintained that poverty index in the constituency was high adding that education, Health and road network was a great challenger to the daily trade in the constituency.

“We need a practical person who can be a beacon of hope to orphans, widows, the physically challenged and generally the poor populace that has lost the last hope in life, added Tum.

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