MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has
warned against violence as the country gears up for the August
election, saying his government will deal firmly with those out
to threaten citizens over politics.
Speaking in the
coastal city of Mombasa, Kenyatta said the government will not
stand by and watch politicians incite Kenyans to fight each
other because of politics.
"There is no need to risk the lives of Kenyans because of
petty politics," he said.
Kenyatta challenged politicians to avoid insults and to
embrace mature politics that will give room for people to choose
their leaders without coercion.
"We have no time to quarrel with anyone but to implement
development projects which will uplift the lives of all
Kenyans," he added.
He also urged the people of the coastal region to guard
against people who are out to disrupt the existing peace and
harmony, saying the region largely depends on tourism which
cannot thrive amid instability.
As Kenya prepares for the August polls, both sides of the
political divide have taken hard-line positions on how the
process should be conducted.
Kenyatta has maintained that the August elections will be
free and fair, but his opposition rivals have raised concern
over unsettled legal and institutional hiccups that they say
might undermine the process.
The opposition is threatening protests over a proposed
amendment to the country’s electoral law which was being debated
by the Senate on Thursday.
The amendment bill, which was passed by Parliament late last
month, would allow manual voting and also allow the commission
to manually submit election results in case biometric voter
technology fails during the August election.
The country’s electoral body has said political wrangles and
tension over the amendment may delay preparations for the
country’s upcoming elections.
looking at further political and economic uncertainty