Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has condemned the chaos witnessed in Murang’a County on Sunday, leaving two people dead.
In a statement shared on his social media platforms, Odinga called for peaceful co-existence, adding that politicians should shun early 2022 campaigns.
According to Odinga, it is important to tame such incidents at this early stage before they escalate and become unmanageable.
“This spectre of violence and vandalism in the name of a presidential election that is over two years away, should be a serious cause for concern to all peace loving Kenyans.
“If this continues, and it easily can, it could spiral out of control and we will stagnate as a country, as the government will not deliver much in the remaining two years. Out of fear and anxiety, our citizens will shift their priorities from rebuilding the country to an election that is way far,” he opined.
The ODM boss urged the government to move with speed, investigate the incident and put the perpetrators behind bars.
“I appeal to the government to move with speed, and fairly but firmly deal with the people behind the violence so as to pass an unmistakable message that Kenyans don't deserve this and it must stop,” he said.
Ndindi Nyoro and Alice Wahome summoned over Murang’a violence
Following the violence, the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai ordered for the arrest of MPs; Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Alice Wahome (Kandara).
According to the police, the violence erupted following a clash between leaders allied to the Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions.