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You don't need to be violent to serve country - Mahama tells Kenyans

You don't need to be violent to serve country - Mahama tells Kenyans”

Kenya has had violent polls in the past with over a thousand people killed a decade ago during their general elections.

"As the people of Kenya prepare to participate in the general elections on August 8, 2017, the secretary-general calls on all national stakeholders to renew their commitment to credible and peaceful elections, as well as their confidence in the institutions constitutionally mandated to conduct the elections", said the secretary-general through his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

They include President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga, Mohamed Abduba Dida, John Ekuru Longoggy Aukot, Shakhalaga Khwa Jirongo, Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu, Michael Wainaina Mwaura, and Joseph William Nthiga Nyagah.

In 2013, the two men clashed in a similar election but was largely peaceful.

He was found dead with missing body parts. He had been severely tortured and strangled to death.

That has raised tension in the country days to the election.

"My message to the leaders is that you are seeking to serve the people". You don't need to be violent to serve somebody.

"We call on the Kenyan authorities to do their utmost to ensure peaceful elections, as well as a free and fair voting process tomorrow", said the Special Rapporteurs on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Annalisa Ciampi, on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, and on summary executions, Agnes Callamard. Kenya is bigger than any politicians and the Kenyan people must prevail.

"Not any single life of a Kenyan should be lost because a section of people who want to serve the people of Kenya".



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