The Kipsigis Council of Elders has opposed the categorization of Kericho as one of the hotspot counties in the upcoming general elections.
The Council which met in Kericho town led under the stewardship of Chairman Rev. Paul Leleito, argued that the communities residing in the area are living peacefully and railed at reports indicating possible election-related violence.
“NCIC has given its report but as residents and people who reside in Kericho, our people are peaceful and they will maintain peace., we cant accept being labeled a hotspot because we are not,” said the Council chair
The elders were responding to a report by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission which identified Kericho as a potential violence hotspots during the election period.
Even as elders dismissed the report, NCIC insists insists that it carried out an in-depth survey before releasing it.
According to NCIC, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru and Kericho are among counties at high risk of election-related violence.
Leleito called on leaders from the area to continually preach peace during their campaigns as the country heads for polls.
He appealed for peaceful coexistence among the communities living in counties neighbouring Kericho, such as Bomet, Narok, Nakuru and Kisii counties, calling on them to elect leaders who have demonstrated capability and are upright in character