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Kenya: Kisumu County Aspirants Vowed to Preach Peace during their Campaigns

Posted by African Press International on January 7, 2013

  •  By Maurice Alal, API – Kenya

IMG_0877 IMG_2521 IMG_2520 IMG_2532 IMG_2530 IMG_1057 IMG_2537Kisumu County aspirants were given an opportunity by the church leaders,voters and Champion Peace Movement based in Kisumu to market their policies ahead of the March 4,2013 General Elections.

In the event organized by Peace Initiative Groups to promote peace ahead of the coming election and attended by over 5,000 people, the aspirants for various elective positions were vetted on their policies as well as their track records.

The voters camped at Aga Khan Hall in the city to listen to their leaders during the event that was also used as a peace building and conflict solving to unite all politicians as well as residents across the County.

According to Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu County Diocese of Catholic, the move was meant to unite area residents and give them a chance of knowing manifestos of their leaders.

“Let us shun political affiliation based on ethnicity by voting good leaders for a bright future of the nation,” Okoth said adding that Kenya must not be in flame again.

The sentiments were also echoed by Kisumu East District Commissioner Willy Cheboi who said the government and churches will move to other parts of the County to preach the message of peace.

“This is our first meeting and we want to use the leaders to preach peace and have a chance to interact with the voters before the elections,” he said.

When addressing the voters, Kisumu Central Constituency aspirants Abdul Omar, Farida Salim and Bob Madanje said that if elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) they would make sure that agriculture, health, education, food, security sectors are improved.The aspirants also pledged to create more jobs for youths in the County to reduce idleness among them.

The Kisumu County Governor aspirant Atieno Otieno said her policies and track record makes her the right candidate for the job. She revealed that she had not been involved in any corruption cases. “You need credible leaders and if elected I shall address the plight facing the residents in this County which has high potential,” Atieno said.

However, former Kenya Revenue Authority boss Jack Ranguma who is vying for the post of governor said he will construct more factories in Kisumu County.“The potential of this County has not been fully exploited to create more jobs for youths,” he said.

The stakeholders called for peaceful elections noting that the County was one of the most affected by Post election violence and hence the need for coexistence.” People were killed with women, children raped and property burnt down,” they say.

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Mandela is getting well, says doctors

Posted by African Press International on January 7, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela who has been sick in hospital for many days now is said to have improved and has responded well to treatment.

He was expected to be released from the hospital before christmas but his Doctors decided otherwise. Now they say the old man has responded very well and could be home soon.

A statement released to the media when he was taken to hospital last year stated, “This morning, 15 December 2012, the former president underwent a procedure via endoscopy to have the gall stones removed,” adding that “The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering,”.Preview

He is 94 years old. Doctors has been treating him at a private hospital in Pretoria.

In January 2011, he was hospitalised for two days suffering from a respiratory infection.

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