Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi is now calling for tolerance and peace during the campaign season.
The Democratic Party Presidential aspirant cautioned that sustained acrimony and name-calling would lead to the country’s instability.
He urged supporters of rival politicians not to accept being used to cause violence noting that politicians remain friends and eat together even after they speak ill of each other in campaign rallies.
Said Muturi, “When politicians do handshake deals and when they take tea and eat together in hotels, their supporters are not consulted. Those who fight think politicians are enemies, but I tell you most of us are friends, ours is just politics not enmity.”
Muturi, who is the Democratic Party presidential aspirant, was speaking after the Sunday service at the ACK St James Cathedral, Kiambu town, where he attended prayers for candidates of KCPE and KCSE.
Muturi said, if only Kenyans knew how politicians enjoy friendship together behind the public limelight, they would never fight each other during elections.
“Politcians wonder why supporters fight for them, while they are enjoying their friendship behind the scenes,” said the Speaker.
He urged Kenyans should rejoice and celebrate whoever wins the presidency.
Elsewhere, the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) has called on all political leaders to shun negative political rhetoric that can divide the nation and lead to violence.
Speaking in Nairobi, SUPKEM National Chairman Hassan Ole Nado said the current political trajectory could hinder the country’s peace, stability and progress.
The leaders called on religious leaders across all faiths to use their institutions to guide their faithful as peace ambassadors.
They urged Kenyans to vote for politicians not because of their religious or ethnic backgrounds but based on their performance and integrity.