Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is calling on persons seeking the country’s top leadership to promote healthy political competition ahead of August general elections.
Amid rising concern over utterances by politicians that have the potential to plunge the country into chaos, the ODM boss reiterated that elections are never about enmity.
“Let’s compete in a friendly manner. It’s not a matter of life and death. It’s a friendly match.” said the orange party leader
And as campaigns appear to have kicked off in earnest, Raila wants leaders from either side of political affiliation to carefully vet and weigh their remarks to the public to avoid sowing divisions in the country ahead of the poll.
Speaking in Kajiado County during the burial of mzee Mositet Korinko Osingidi, Raila further noted that those who have expressed interest in various elective positions can carry out their campaigns without pitting Kenyans against each other.
“You cannot refer to fellow Kenyans as madoadoa or kwekwe. You do this and you cause chaos in our country. Kenyans from diverse backgrounds come together and reside in various places and no one should be victimized because of this. We need to respect the fact that every citizen can reside anywhere in our country.” Raila argued
The former Prime Minister reiterated that his Azimio la Umoja movement stands for unity and cohesion. While noting that his side is rooting for peaceful existence, Odinga stressed that no one should propagate hatred among Kenyans.
“Personally, I am preaching the gospel of Azimio la Umoja which is aimed at bringing Kenyans together. That’s why I differ with people who want to divide Kenyans on the basis of their ethnicities,” He said