Meru Senator Linturi calls for peaceful campaigns ahead of polls
Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has called on all political leaders in the region to embrace peaceful coexistence ahead of the August 9, polls.
Speaking during his campaign's trail to popularize his gubernatorial bid in Meru county on Sunday, Linturi called for tolerance among aspirants vying for elective seats to help curb division and violence as the country nears the general election.
Addressing residents in Laare in Igembe North, Kitheo in Tigania West and Igoji in Imenti South, the vocal politician who is continuing to give governor Kiraitu Murungi a hard time said there is a need for leaders to respect each other irrespective of their party affiliations.
"There is no need of exercising supremacy battle and party wars. Let politicians sell their political agenda and manifesto to the electorate peacefully. There is no need of hiring goons to disrupt meetings for other politicians because they do not support your party," Mithika said.
He made the remarks after supporters of Kiraitu-led Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) were alleged to have tried to disrupt a UDA meeting at Laare on Saturday.
"Everybody has a right to join and support his or her party of choice but we need to stop misusing our youths by buying them cheap illicit liquor to disrupt meetings held by other parties. Let us exercise our democratic rights in a constitutional manner. We can differ in opinions but let people respect one another for the sake of a peaceful nation," the senator added.
While accompanied by South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi who is eyeing the senatorial seat, the duo further drummed support for Deputy President William Ruto's statehouse bid terming him as the only visionary leader who is fit the country's top job.
Expressing confidence that he will oust Kiraitu come August 9, the senator further accused the governor of poor developments in the county saying he should retire from active politics and pave way for visionary youthful and energetic leaders.
"The state of the health sector in the county is wanting. There are no drugs in health centres. We want to bring change in the next county government by having consultative and interactive governance that will involve public participation," he added.