MPs Kuria, Waititu vow to preach peace

By Rufus Hunja

Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria and his Kabete counterpart Ferdinand Waititu have vowed not to perpetrate hate speech announcing a new dawn for the country’s politics.

The two legislators say they will jointly tour the country to preach peace even as church leaders and a section of their colleagues in Parliament called for stiffer penalties for perpetrators of hatred ahead of the 2017 general elections.

They were arrested separately for making utterances deemed provocative and arraigned in court collectively on incitement charges.

But by the time they were released on bail, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and his Kabete counterpart Ferdinand Waititu had used their time in custody to reconcile with Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, Kilifi Women Rep Aisha Jumwa and Busia Women Rep Florence Mutua.

Kuria and Waititu now say they will partner with the five CORD MPs to form a peace caravan that will traverse the country to preach peace.

Their remarks coming amid growing criticism against hate mongers with Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri saying leaders must uphold integrity in their remarks.

Leaders who joined Kiunjuri during the annual Akurino conference called for sobriety ahead of the forthcoming general election.

The event presented a platform for MPs aspiring to succeed Nairobi governor Evans Kidero to seek support from the sect in readiness for 2017.

The church was not left out either with Methodist Church of Kenya presiding Bishop Joseph Ntombura calling on Kenyans to shun ethnicity and vote out leaders fanning tribal politics.

this even as leaders drawn from South Rift region congratulated the government for taking action against senators and members of parliament spreading hate speech.

The cases against the 8 MPs will now be heard in different Courts beginning August 25.



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