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Leaders from both sides of the political divide in Kenya, promised to lead the call for peace and national reconciliation after months of hightened political activities in the country.

 

Leaders from both sides of the political divide in Kenya, promised to lead the call for peace and national reconciliation after months of hightened political activities in the country.

Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen , Senator , Elgeyo Marakwet and Hon. Gladys Wanga, Women Representative , Homabay County were among the panelists at a radio program, a British Broadcasting Corporation World Service quiz program hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby. The program was recorded live at the Chandaria Auditorium, University of Nairobi Towers on November, 7, 2017.

Among the topics discussed during the live radio program were issues touching on elections, peace, corruption and conservation of wildlife.

According to Hon. Murkomen, Kenyan electorates need to demand high caliber of leaders with high moral values. “Leaders are a reflection of the society”, he said. Hon. Murkomen noted that despite their differences, as politicians they don’t fight each other literally and hence the voters need not to fight as well. Hon. Murkomen urged political leaders to leave a good legacy, work to deliver services to the electorate.

Hon. Gladys Wanga, opined that even as Kenyans look for a solution to lasting peace, Kenyans must seek justice.  “There can be no peace without justice. The police have been accused of killing innocent Kenyans, yet demonstrations is a constitutional right. The security agencies need to protect lives and property, “she said.

Despite their political differences, the two leaders agreed to lead in being champions of peace and to de-ethnicise Kenyan politics.

As regards corruption, the various institutions concerned are doing their work in investigating those implicated in corruption. There was general consensus that devolution should work. Kenya has been divided into 47 county governments and hence those counties should lead in development of the various regions and improve the standards of living of all Kenyans.

It also emerged that the government needs to prioritize and increase budgetary allocations towards the conservation of our wildlife as they are one of the main attractions to thousands of tourists who throng Kenya annually.