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Politicians told to shun intemperate language 

youth receiving boxing training in Mombasa designed to keep them away from crime and drugs

Photo by Geoffrey Mwanyaya/KNA




youth receiving boxing training in Mombasa designed to keep them away from crime and drugs Photo by Geoffrey Mwanyaya/KNA

youth receiving boxing training in Mombasa designed to keep them away from crime and drugs
Photo by Geoffrey Mwanyaya/KNA

Political leaders have been asked to conduct mature and sober campaigns devoid of insults ahead of the presidential election rerun on October 17, 2017.

Boxing Association of Kenya Mombasa branch secretary Abdulsalam Kassim warned leaders across the political divide against the use of foul and inflammatory language when addressing supporters during campaigns.

‘Hateful political utterances could fuel strife with dire consequences for the entire country,’ he said.

He said political leaders should avoid attacking their opponents to ensure an incident free election on October 17.

Virginia Wangui, a local leader, also decried the use of unsavory political language and actions in campaign rallies.

‘Our leaders should desist from any speech that has the potential to spark political violence’ she said.

The two spoke on Wednesday at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa where former drug addicts in the coastal city are undergoing boxing lessons.

They said they are organizing boxing competition for former drug addicts and street urchins as a way out of addiction.

A beneficiary of the training, Brian Agina, said he is fighting drug addiction by training as a boxer.

Paul Mathenge one of the coaches has decried the rampant drug and substance abuse by young people in Mombasa and said boxing lessons is part of drug and alcohol diversion program.

By Hussein Abdullahi

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