Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula has said he is still in the presidential race and warned other contenders against hate speech.
Speaking at Kolongolo market in Kwanza on a vote-hunting mission, Mr Wetang’ula said some aspirants had nothing to tell Kenyans in their campaign speeches apart from defaming opponents.
“My presidential bid still holds and my mandate is to transform this country economically instead of sowing seeds of discord and ethnic tensions,” he said.
“Hate messages are a recipe for ethnic and political tensions and have caused bloodshed, especially at the Coast,” he said.
Torching of churches
Mr Wetang’ula urged Kenyans to embrace religious and community co-existence. “We don’t want to experience a repeat scenario like the recent torching of churches in Mombasa,” he said.
The Sirisia MP criticised campaigns by rights groups to legalise same-sex marriages, saying this was against religious teachings and African culture.
“We strongly condemn those propagating the legalisation of same-sex marriages, which are against our culture and religious teachings,” he said.
Ford-K chairman John Munyes urged residents to stick to the party as it meant well for residents.
“Don’t make a mistake of moving out of Ford Kenya to join parties whose track records you are yet to see,” the Labour Minister said, and told residents not to underrate the party.