Editorials

Avoid campaign violence

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister display a copy of BBI Report during the presentation at Kisii State Lodge. PHOTO | PSCU

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Summary

  • More than 24 counties have passed the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, paving the way for the plebiscite to be held in the coming months.
  • The referendum will be followed by the General Election next year. Unfortunately, Kenya has witnessed violence during such charged political periods.
  • The political tensions have also hurt economic growth.

As the country heads to the planned constitutional referendum later this year, politicians and their supporters must conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner.

More than 24 counties have passed the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, paving the way for the plebiscite to be held in the coming months.

The referendum will be followed by the General Election next year. Unfortunately, Kenya has witnessed violence during such charged political periods. The political tensions have also hurt economic growth.

We need peace and political stability this time around, considering that the country is still reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We simply do not have the luxury of messing things further. Those rooting for the constitutional changes, including the top leadership, should put forth their arguments to voters. Those opposed to the proposed changes should also be allowed to market their ideas without suppression and abuse of State machinery. The security and legal apparatus must, however, be ready to deal with hatemongers and perpetrators of violence.