World Bulletin / News Desk
Religious leaders and aspirants from various political parties on Thursday united to demand violence-free campaigns in Mombasa county and the Coast region.
In a rare gesture, the leaders closed ranks in their quest to ensure the county is not hit by violence in the run-up to the March 4 General Election.
They called for tough sanctions against those found to be sponsoring chaos during the electioneering period.
The aspirants included Mr Suleiman Shahbal, who aspires to be Mombasa governor on a United Democratic Forum (UDF) ticket, Mr Hassan Omar (Senate aspirant, ODM), Ms Sureya Hirsi (Women representative, Wiper Democratic Party) and Mr Hezron Awiti (ODM parliamentary aspirant, Nyali).
As they addressed a press conference at the Royal Castle Hotel, a group of 100 Muslim leaders meeting at the Jundani Mosque demanded that police act tough on those promoting violence.
Supkem Coast branch chairman Sheikh Shariff Muhdhar Khatamy said Muslims want the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to crackdown on such politicians.
“IEBC should disqualify the perpetrators from vying for any elective position because under the Constitution, it has the powers to do so,” he said. He urged Muslim faithful to thoroughly vet aspirants and elect only those with high integrity and credibility.Last Mod: 07 Aralık 2012, 16:38