Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago EGH on Tuesday hosted a number of religious leaders, elders and political leaders drawn from across the county to discuss recent development in regard to an announcement by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti that he was probing threats to some victims of the 2007/08 post-election violence victims.
The closed-door meeting was attended by among others Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, County Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat , leader of majority Josphat Lowoi , clergy and elders from various communities in the county.
After the meeting, Mandago led the leaders in addressing the press where he affirmed that the county was peaceful and that there has been no any indications of problems related to the 2007/08 violence that was caused by disputed presidential elections.
According to Mandago , the elders assured that there has been no problem among communities in the county.
“We had a chance with elders who have been involved in peace building efforts in the county for a long time. In our discussion, they have assured me that they have not heard anything that would disrupt peace, so whatever Kinoti said is his own and as locals we will not agree with him,” he said.
Similar sentiments were shared by Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno who noted that for the last 8 years, he has never been made aware of complaints from victims of the violence.
He cautioned the DCI against playing politics with the lives of Kenyans using the past events that had been forgotten by Kenyans.
“Don’t do politics with peace of Uasin Gishu and property of people. As a region we have been peaceful and we are not happy with claims that some people who are victims of the violence have been out of their property,” noted Chemno.
Elders and religious leaders who spoke expressed the need for the region to remain peaceful and united cautioning the DCI against renewing old wounds.
Led by the Uasin Gishu interfaith council chairman Bishop Geoffrey Songok and county’s Kalenjin Council of Elders chairman Alex Mursi , the leaders noted that ever since 2007 post-election violence, they have been calling on Kenyans to maintain peace.
“We have always told out people to be united. We don’t want to be reminded of 2007/08. We know how we suffered as and a county we want peace, unity and harmony amongst ourselves,” said Songok .
The meeting was also attended by elders from the Abagusii , Borana , and Luhya communities.