A Busia Catholic Church priest has appealed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure the 2022 general elections are free and fair.
Chakol Parish Priest Sebastian Mang’oli made the appeal on Saturday during the burial of Mumias West Constituency IEBC Coordinator, Cyril Etyang, 36, at Among’ura in Chakol South Ward in Teso South Constituency.
Mang’oli said the best reward the Chebukati led Commission can give to Kenyans come next year’s is credible polls that won’t throw the country into turmoil.
“The will of the people is always the will of God. IEBC should give Kenyans hope by ensuring the results meet the threshold.
“Kenyan youths are disillusioned by “manipulated” results after every five years. This was evident by the low turnout in the recently concluded mass voter registration exercise,” he stated.
The parish priest also took issue with parents for abdicating their roles of nurturing their children to be responsible citizens.
He reprimanded parents for allowing their children to attend tuition on Sundays at the expense of spiritual nourishment, noting that this has played a role in sporadic fires destroying dormitories in learning institutions across the country.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi who has expressed interest in the county’s gubernatorial seat regretted that the county and the country had lost a promising young man.
He told the mourners that he stands the best chance to succeed Governor Sospeter Ojaamong as the second Governor of the great county of Busia owing to his development record.
“What we need is to conduct peaceful campaigns. Unity should be embraced by all leaders irrespective of their political affiliations. The interests of county residents supersede those of individuals who want to plunge the county into turmoil,” he said.
Several IEBC officials including Commissioners Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya and County Elections Coordinators Grace Rono (Kakamega), Ruth Kulundu (Siaya), Solomon Mudanya (Bungoma), Patrick Odari (Kisumu), George Oyugi (Turkana) and Fredrick Apopo (Busia) among others attended their colleague’s final send off.