Mwathethe warns politicians fueling ethnicity during campaigns

Written By: Hunja Macharia

Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe has asked politicians to desist from talks that will divide the country in this crucial election moment.

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Addressing mourners during the burial of Muranga Deputy OCPD Madaraka Mung’aro at Dabaso Saturday, he warned that the current political situation in the country was not healthy for leaders to start issuing threats of secession.

Gen Mwathethe who said that he sits in the National Security Council added that such talks coming from leaders was unfortunate because they will definitely divide the country as they propagate for war and disunity.

“The country, everyone know is going through political challenges and our politicians should talk of unity and how they can bring the people together, than engaging in talks that will divide the nation.

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They should read the mood of the nation and understand that their freedom of expression should not be misused. Any bad and ill talk is a recipe for chaos and destruction,” said Gen Mwathethe.

On Thursday, some ODM politicians from Kilifi led by Governor Amason Kingi were quoted in the media, addressing residents of Rabai that they would plan for secession if voting takes place next week.

On Friday Kilifi North MP Owen Baya hinted of introduce a bill in the assembly to start pushing for coast secession. He spoke at Mwarakaya when he accompanied the governor Amason Kingi for their campaigns to ask the residents to boycott voting next Thursday.

Gen Mwathethe gave out examples of several countries he went for peace missions around the world and told the mourners that anyone propagating hate and war has never seen what he saw in Iraq, Bosnia and other countries he served in peace missions.

“In Iraq for example, I saw a mass grave that stretched for more than eight kilometers. Some politicians are talking but have not seen the impact of war and its threats on the lives of the people,” he said.

Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu told Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and Kilifi North MP Owen Baya to start by uniting the people of Kilifi and not talking about secession.

“I want to tell the Governor that he has the resources and ability to bring people together and not dividing them with their talks of secession.

The same to my brother Owen, he should be using his energy to bring the people of Kilifi North together and not issuing threats of division. That is not warranted from a leader.

Kilifi County Administration police commandant Elisha Ngetich said police are closely monitoring the utterances by Kilifi politicians and they will have themselves to blame should they be held answerable for their talks.

“We are closely monitoring what the politicians are talking because they should separate between politicians and development. This nation needs the bonding of all of us but not spreading hatred and divide Kenyans,” he said.

Coast police boss Larry Kienga also warned against secession talk he said was sending a wrong signal to the nation and the police will not hesitate in taking action.

 “Bad politics leads to insecurity and I want to tell our politicians that we have been peaceful in this region and the trend should continue. I want tell our politicians to weigh their words because once they go out of context, we shall act as we need this country to remain peaceful,” said Mr Kieng.

Mr Kieng said he worked in Bosnia during a peace mission when the country was at war and told the mourners to desist from glorifying politicians out to divide them.

“What I saw in Bosnia at the height of war should not happen here. Our politicians pretend to be not aware but the peace we enjoy must remain,” he said.


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