Lamu holds peace concert ahead of general elections

Acrobats perfom at the peace concert in Lamu. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: Various stakeholders in Lamu county on Friday held a peace concert aimed at preaching peace ahead of the general elections.

The stakeholders led by the county commissioner’s officers,religious leaders,Women and youth groups,artistes and NGOs like Uwiano and Act Kenya held the one day concert at the Mkunguni Square.

The concert involved donkey races,swimming competitions,skits and plays,music and poetic performances from various artistes all aimed spreading the peaceful gospel before and after the forthcoming general elections.

The event was led by incoming county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo under the banner ‘Working together for peaceful elections in Kenya’.

The peak of the event was marked by speeches from various stakeholders at the Square.

Addressing residents then,the county commissioner his office was ready for the elections and that enough officers had been deployed ahead of the elections.

Kitiyo warned the youth against being used by politicians and being paid to cause chaos before,during or after elections.

He said police were vigilant and that such persons would face the full wrath of the law.

“The message today is peace.We are looking forward to a peaceful election.But for those youth who accept money from politicians to cause trouble,we shall deal with them thoroughly,” said Kitiyo.

Religious leaders present called for peace.

The SUPKEM chair person in Lamu Muhsin Ali urged all religious leaders to pray for Kenya to have peaceful elections.

Bishop Lawrence Nyambare asked residents to be each others keepers and observe unity and cohesion.