Busia National Super Alliance, teachers and Church leaders have urged NASA leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta b to avoid public outbursts that could plunge the country into turmoil.
MPs Oku Kaunya (Teso North), Geoffrey Omuse (Teso South), Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale, KNUT Busia County spokesman Deogratious Owaya , ACK Katakwa Diocese Bishop John Okude and his predecessor Zakayo Epus Bishop also appealed to IEBC to have a level playing for the two presidential contestants ahead of the October 26 polls.
Speaking during the burial service for former Busia Water and sewerage company director Philemon Imo at Amagoro polytechnic grounds on Saturday, Kaunya urged the church to pray for the country which he said was at crossroads.
“I want the church and other arbitrators to tell the electoral body to address the minimum changes NASA wants to enable the elections be held in a fair and transparent manner. This is our prayer,” he said.
Omuse said if the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and some changes are made at the secretariat then all will be well then NASA will accept to participate at the polls, adding that they will accept the verdict of Kenyans if the exercise is conducted in a transparent manner.
Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale said NASA is ready for the elections any time but only if the field in the IEBC is level. We are solidly behind Raila’s election as the fifth President of Keya.
Owaya said teachers in Busia and Kenya at large want peace in the country, adding that they will support progressive politics . “Teachers in Busia will support Raila’s election citing that the NASA leaders will address numerous challenges facing teachers including understaffing and better pay.
Bishop Okude said they will soon summon President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before the House of Bishops, adding that NASA leader Raila Odinga and acting Interior CS Fred Matiangi have already appeared before them.
Okude’s predecessor Zakayo Epus said church leaders want peace and respect for each other. “ I want Raila and Uhuru to stop abusive language and conduct campaigns in a sober manner.”
Photos: Teso North MP Oku Kaunya and his Teso South counterpart Geoffrey Omuse in Amagoro on Saturday.
– ACK Katakwa Diocese Bishop John Okude in Amagoro on Saturday.