Individuals eyeing various political seats in the upcoming general election from Uasin Gishu County have committed to ensuring peaceful campaigns and cohesion amongst the locals.
The aspirants led by Governor Jackson Mandago signed the political decency and peace charter during an event held at the County Headquarters in Eldoret town.
The exercise was witnessed by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Commissioner Dorcas Kedogo and Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara.
Speaking during the event, Governor Mandago called for political decency among the political class and the general public – which he said will enhance political integrity and guarantee peace during and after the electoral period by creating accountability for political misbehavior.
The governor also challenged the aspiring candidates to preach peace, promote democracy and avoid hate speech, so as to sustain the conducive business environment and infrastructure built by various stakeholders in the County.
Mandago further took the opportunity to thank the residents for political maturity but cautioned against election blackmail, which he said will not guarantee a stable democracy countrywide.
NCIC Dorcas Commissioner Kedogo noted that they have put in place structures that will ensure that all stakeholders and even the presidential candidates commit to preach peace and avoid utterances that may jeopardize peace.
On his part, Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara urged residents of Uasin Gishu and other stakeholders to remain vigilant and report any leader who may want to incite communities against each other.