Former Cabinet Minister Hussein Maalim calls for a peaceful election
Former long serving Cabinet Minister in the Moi regime Hussein Maalim Mohamed has urged Kenyans to maintain peace during and after next week’s election.
Addressing the press in Garissa town today Maalim said that elections come and go but Kenya would always remain.
Maalim said that the there would be winners and losers come Wednesday when the results were out and those who lose should respect the will of the people.
The former veteran politician from Garissa County cautioned those who would lose to refrain from inciting Kenyans into violence.
Maalim said those who felt aggrieved should seek redress in courts instead of inciting Kenyans against each other.
He said Kenyans could not afford a repeat of 2007/2008 post election violence that almost plunged the country into a state of lawlessness. The skirmishes left scores dead while thousands were uprooted from their homes.
Maalim, who served as Dujis MP from 1979 to 2007 on a Kanu ticket, said elections were not a matter of life and death.
“There is life after elections. We must maintain peace and respect our institutions. If anyone doesn’t agree with outcome of the elections, he or she should seek redress in a court of law,” Maalim said.
He differed with politicians who claimed that they would concede defeat if the polls were free and fair saying there was no one who was sure the electoral process was fool-proof adding that the best way was to use the justice system.
“I appeal to politicians to ask for votes peacefully. Kenyans are already burdened by economic difficulties, so please don’t make people fight because of politics.Campaign peacefully and leave Kenyans to make their choices,” he said.
By Jacob Songok