BY EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT,13TH JULY 2017-”When the drums of violence start beating they do not sound the warning that here we are and we are coming”.This should be already in the minds of all those Kenyans who love this country and will go to any extend to have it jealously guarded.The events of Wednesday 12th July 2017 at the campaigns rallies of Jubilee in Kisumu and the National Super Alliance in Baringo are most unfortunate indeed.The same thing also witnessed on Thursday 13th Afternoon during a NASA rally In Muranga town.
The heckling of deputy president William Ruto during a Jubilee rally in Kisumu in the company of president Uhuru Kenyatta and the same scenario as witnessed in Baringo were NASA principals could not address a rally at Kabarnet when youths donning Jubilee t-shirts started shouting down the five principals as they begun addressing a rally should not be happening for heavens sake.
The five NASA principals had a difficult time addressing the crowd, with a section of it shouting: “Nasa waende.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has since established that the youth were deliberately incited and influenced to disrupt the rally in the name of revenge (kulipiza kisasi) after the Jubilee rally presided over by president Kenyatta and Deputy president William Ruto also almost faced similar predicament luckily for them they carried out with their rally to the end in Kisumu on the same day.
In a country were general elections have had history of violence and volatility these incidents can not be left unchecked considering we have an election just around the corner.We at UPESIMEDIA we will continue to remind the country that as a nation we must be awake to those indicators that just like in the past have been assumed and led to regrets that if had only we acted on time.In the general elections of 2007 it all started as joke with isolated cases of incitement here and there before escalating to the worst ever violence that almost brought the country to its knees.
In a wake of such indicators the question which lingers in minds of many is that why are concerned parties and institutions still silence.We all expected by this time the National Cohesion and integration Commission NCIC and directorate of criminal investigation to to have made some arrests on what happened in Kabarnet and Kisumu on Wednesday 12th July 2017.Why is independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC remaining silence? are we waiting until things escalate to act?
Candidates from the Ruling Jubilee party of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as well as NASA’s five principals need to tame their utterances. In the recent past we have all seen these leaders address various rallies across the country,their tone of voice not that of uniting Kenya.We have seen verbal attacks directed at their opponents in the name of persuading voters for the sake of support.
This style of doing things among politicians irrespective of status in society should not be allowed to continue.It is better to act now than regret that we would rather have acted!
NCIC ought not to just issue threats of arresting.It need to move in and arrest.