Rising political temperatures worry 2007 poll violence victims

The coordinator of the National IDPs Network Raphael Eyanai

Victims of the 2007/8 post election violence have expressed concern over the rise in cases of political intolerance among leaders in the country saying the trend could lead to violence in the 2022 general elections.

The victims who spoke under the umbrella of the National IDPS Network called on government investigative agencies to reign in on leaders who are hate mongers to ensure they don’t polarize the country.

“We call on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and directorate of public prosecutions to ensure leaders with loose mouths are brought to book,” the network’s coordinator Raphael Eyanai spoke in Kitale.

Mr. Eyanai said the likened the rising political temperatures to that of the 2007 electioneering period which led to the post election violence that resulted in the death and displacement of many innocent Kenyans.

“We are disturbed since we remember what we had to go through when the political tension in 2007 led to skirmishes that saw us loose our loved ones and property. We should never take that path as a country again,” he said.

The coordinator also called on the handshake partners president Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to ensure the plight of victims who were never compensated is looked in to as part of the addressing of historical injustices.

“We have written severally to the relevant government agencies requesting for the settlement of pending compensation of those who were affected in the 2007/8 post election violence,” Mr. Eyanai said.

The group’s youth representative Anthony Nyongesa called on the government to be on top of affairs to ensure incidents of hooliganism being witnessed in political meetings do not lead to politically instigated animosity.

“We call for tolerance among our leaders in the country. They should not personalize their ideological differences since they are inciting their followers who may want to defend them at all costs come 2022,” said Mr. Nyongesa.