Kenyans across the country Friday turned up at various venues to celebrate this years Mashujaa Day with leaders calling for peaceful co-existence.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has challenged political leaders to practice responsible politics that will unite Kenyans on common social economic fronts ahead of next week`s repeat presidential election.
Addressing the public at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, the Governor observed that divisive politics in recent months practiced by the opposition are increasingly polarizing Kenyans across the country and this is reversing gains achieved over the years by efforts of cohesive development.
Kinyanjui asked the National Super Alliance (NASA) to accord independent offices in the country the support and respect due to them instead of meddling with the offices` affairs for political capital.
He also appealed to the public to foster integration and tolerance during this critical election season and reject political causes that will wedge divisions among them.
He used the opportunity to invite all Kenyans to a national prayer meeting to be held at Afraha stadium on Sunday in order to pray for peaceful polls next week.
Nakuru County Commissioner (CC) Joshua Nkanatha affirmed that security patrols have been intensified in the region ahead of next week’s repeat of presidential elections.
The County Commissioner who was also addressing the public at Afraha Stadium said that police officers will ensure the voting process is conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner.
He cautioned politicians and residents against involving in acts of lawlessness and violence in the run up and after the elections. Nkanatha further assured the business community of their safety and that of their business premises.
In Kakamega, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has pledged to work closely with all elected leaders in the county irrespective of their political party affiliations.
Oparanya who was addressing Mashujaa Day celebrations at Malinya Sportsground said this will enable his government render quality service to wananchi.
On the repeat Presidential poll scheduled for Thursday next week, Governor Oparanya urged the people of Kakamega County to stage peaceful protests on the Election Day but advised against disrupting the election exercise for those who would wish to participate in the poll.
Meanwhile, voters in Kericho County have been assured of security during the August 26th polls. Kericho County Commissioner Muktar Abdi, who is the chairman of the county security committee called on voters to turn up in large numbers to vote, saying that there will be maximum security.
Muktar, who was speaking at Kericho Green Stadium during Mashujaa Day celebrations called on the residents to co-exist peacefully during and after elections. His sentiments were echoed by Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony who appealed to the neighboring communities not to cause chaos during the elections. He appealed to the residents to turn up in large numbers and vote to the Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta.
In Tana River Governor Major (Rtd) Dhadho Godhana has differed with a section of elected leaders in the county over the October 26 election during the Mashujaa day celebrations.
The Governor who is in ODM Political party affiliated to the NASA coalition is against the elections while the Senator Juma Wario of Jubilee party and Women Rep Rehema Hassan of Maendeleo Chap Chap affiliated to the Jubilee party want residents to take part in the elections.
During his speech Major Godhana was categorical that in his personal opinion the country was not ready to conduct a credible and fair elections as the issues which were to be resolved have not yet been resolved. He said his decision to oppose elections on October 26 was not meant to please anyone but personal as a Governor and leader of Tana River.
Earlier the Women Rep Rehema Hassan and Senator Juma Wario called residents of Tana River to turn out in large numbers on October 26 and vote peacefully. She said it was democratic right for everyone to go and vote for their desired president.
In Migori, hundreds of wananchi who trooped to Migori stadium were shocked to find the venue empty after the fete was cancelled at the last minute. The normally entertaining police band parade was also called off. Entertainers hired the previous day in readiness for the celebrations were left stranded.
Migori County Commissioner Joseph Rotich whom the press called immediately to clarify the last minute call off of the fete could not give details but only said he was holed up in a meeting in an undisclosed location within the area.
Residents interviewed said they were shocked to find no government official at the venue to lead the celebrations. The Governor Okoth Obado could not be reached either.
And in Busia County, County commissioner Michael Ole Tialal has maintained that elections will be held on 26th October as planned by IEBC.
Speaking during celebrations on Mashujaa day Tialal noted that security will be beefed up and those who try to disrupt the exercise will suffer dire consequences.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi urged Kenyans to maintain peace during this period and remain united despite their political affiliations.
Mulomi further urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga to embrace dialogue in order to cool down the political temperatures.
Elsewhere, Garissa governor has issued a 30 day ultimatum to the Garissa Water and Sewerage Company (GAWASCO) to restore water supply within the town and its environs.
This was contained in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Abdi Dagane during the Mashujaa day celebrations held at Garissa primary school playgrounds.
In his manifesto, Korane promised to end perennial water shortage in Garissa town within 100 days after assuming office. Garissa town has witnessed a severe shortage in the past two weeks. Korane also pointed out that a cartel that have been deliberately frustrating the supply of water by disconnecting water to sections of the town will be dealt with in accordance with law.
On the ongoing nurses strike, Korane said discussions with the nurses is ongoing with the union officials in a bid to come into common ground over the stalemate that has lasted over 100 days.
The deputy governor in his speech said Garissa residents are prepared to vote in next week’s repeat presidential polls.