Calls for sobriety ahead of next week’s Msambweni parliamentary by-election continues as political antagonists in the contest intensify their campaigns.
Bishop John Bosco of the Redeemed Gospel Church in Ukunda Township want politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns in the run up to the mini poll slated for December 15.
The religious leader called on parliamentary aspirants and their political parties on the campaign trail to uphold peace noting that it was imperative for the people to vote in a peaceful environment.
Bishop Bosco, who is the church’s regional overseer, said the electoral race should remain peaceful to ensure that the outcome is widely accepted by the people.
Bosco, who was accompanied by ODM party flag bearer Omar Boga, said any slight electoral violence would lead to disruptions of economic and social development.
The parliamentary hopeful said it is high time Kenyans learnt to tolerate one another regardless of their religious, ethnic and political affiliations.
The Msambweni parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of area MP Suleiman Dori in March.
Meanwhile, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata has warned that security agencies will deal firmly with any group that threatens to disrupt the mini poll.
Elungata said security agencies are out to ensure peaceful by-elections in Msambweni constituency as well as wards by-elections in Dabaso (Kilifi) and Wundayi (Taita Taveta).