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Reject negative ethnicity at all costs, Kenyans urged

13 March 2012, 09:19

Nairobi – Kenyans on Monday were urged to embrace national cohesion, reject negative ethnicity and openly table issues that promote division along tribal lines.

Speaking during the opening of a two-day conference on national diversity, race and ethnicity, Prime Minister Raila Odinga raised concerns over fueling of tribal divisions especially with the expected onset of the general election.

“As political activity has picked up, we have tried to use our competitive political process to discourage unity and stir up ethnic emotions. We have tried to nurture an excuse that political competition does not and cannot encourage unity. We must march into the future not as tribesmen, races or a select grouping of people, we must march as Kenyans,” he urged.

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