The current political heat threatening peace in the county, say lobby groups

Mombasa County Peace ambassadors converging on Tuesday to raise their concerns over the growing political temperature in the County. PHOTO: WYCLIF OKUMU.

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa County lobby groups have voiced their concern over the rising political heat in the City as politicians continue to gear up for the upcoming August general polls.

Mombasa County Peace Ambassadors in collaboration with Kenya Community Support Center KECOSCE on Tuesday bewailed the political temperature in the County, arguing it might lead to division among the residents.

Shamsa Abubakar a member of the group expressed her discontent claiming fear is growing among the locals who are now worried, chaos might erupt due to bitter words being uttered by the politicians.

“Mombasa is becoming unbearable, it has become a political arena where different political groups come and say anything not taking into count the effects it might pose to the residents,” said Shamsa.

Her statements were echoed by the Executive Director of the Kenya Community Support Center KECOSCE, Phyllis Muema, who urged Mombasa County leaders to champion for peace and unity in their campaigns especially in this electioneering period.

Mrs. Muema alleged that there are reports suggesting that some politicians are already recruiting youths in the County ahead of the elections who are likely to cause chaos.

”People in some parts of Mombasa have already started leaving their homes amid fear in the coming elections, all these is as a result of frequent exchange of words between our political leaders ,” she said.

”This is likely to hurt our economy, Mombasa is a tourist destination but who will want to tour where there is no peace? Our politician must preach peace and stop dividing our people along the political line,” Muema said.

Mombasa has experienced two high profile political rallies this month, with both Jubilee and the Orange Democratic Movement party ODM drumming up their campaigns at the Tononoka grounds.

The row between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, has also been citedas one of the major triggers threatening the peace in the county.