Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has asked individuals eyeing various elective positions in the upcoming general election to avoid dragging names of family members of their competitors into the political contest.
Mandago says politicians should limit the contest between those that have expressed interest in a particular seat, and not extend political attacks to their families members.
He noted that personalizing politics to the extent of dragging the names of family members is what makes it difficult for people to forgive each other after the end of an election period.
“If you are competing with someone, leave alone his/her family members. What do their wives, husbands, children, or parents have to do with that political seat you’re fighting for?” Mandago posed.
“We unatukana wazazi wangu kwa nini? (Why are you insulting my parents). What does my father has to do with what I’m doing in the county?” he added.
According to Mandago, any adult is recognized as an entity on his/her own, and that their decisions whether in a political context or not should never be extended to their family members and/or parents.
The County boss further called on the politicians that will be eyeing various seats to focus on issue-based campaigns as well as preach peace and cohesion amongst the locals.
He said politics are seasonal and that in the end, those that were competing for various seats will still remain part of the community.
Mandago is among the 2022 political aspirants after officially declaring that he would vie for the Uasin Gishu Senatorial seat in the upcoming polls, expected to be held in August.
He is currently serving his second term as governor of Uasin Gishu and constitutionally, he is not eligible to vie for another term.