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Kiyiapi terms pacts tribal vehicles

By - | Dec 12th 2012 | 2 min read


Restore and Build Kenya Party presidential candidate James ole Kiyiapi has said his outfit will not enter into any political alliance ahead of the March 4 General Election.

He dismissed the political deals as tribal-based alliances, which bode ill for national cohesion and integration and asked Kenyans to make informed decisions before participating in the forthcoming polls.

“The political alliances being formed are tribal and dangerous to the country’s peace, cohesion and integration. These are the arrangements we have had before and they are to blame for mistrust and hatred,” said Kiyiapi.

Speaking in Narok town yesterday, the former Education PS said memorandums of understanding and alliances have in the past led to political fallouts and tribal mistrust and asked leaders not to divide further the already polarised communities.

“We have heard of politicians complaining of being short changed and some are still talking of getting half bread. It is time everyone learnt from past mistakes to build a cohesive nation,” he said.

Prof Kiyiapi said the alliances that were being crafted were marriages which would not last, adding that majority of Kenyans were against them because they served to alienate some communities from others.

The former PS stressed that time had come for Kenyans to vet their leaders thoroughly.

He spoke as aspirants for Narok County gubernatorial seat termed the pacts as useless and meant to divide the country.

“They are part of the bigger plans by politicians and individuals to zone the country ahead of the polls. Events like these serve to drive hatred and political division similar to the ones that have in the past led to tribal strife,” said their spokesperson, Talengo Kiptunen, an aspirant running as an independent.

Kiptunen asked Kenyans to treat the alliances with the contempt they deserve and observe peace before and after the next election.

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