Eldoret residents harsh reactions towards NCICs report on the anticipated post-election violence

May 31st 2022 saw NCIC release a report detailing research that had been carried out between February and April. In this report Uasin Gishu county was mentioned as one of the six zones with highest chances of post-election violence. This report was however not very well received by the locals and the politicians alike. Majority of the people living in Eldoret felt that this report did not represent the spirit of reconciliation and that it was a means to paint Eldoret and Uasin Gishu as an unsafe place.

Some of the politicians who aired their views are the Deputy Governor Chemno, and the sitting women representative Gladys Boss Shoeli. They both felt that Uasin Gishu was wrongly presented in the report and that the county is no longer the hotspot that it was once considered.

Deputy Governor Chemno,
Women representative Gladys Boss Shoeli

 A group of Elders and religious leaders also chimed in to refute the report claiming that a lot was being done to foster peace and unity among all communities living in the county. Edwin Chepsiror and John Kamau led elders in calling the NCIC to review their position in the report.

The same sentiments were shared on social media where 80% of Eldoret folk felt that this time round peace will prevail but another group felt that there are still undertones of violence.

While most would not want an occurrence of 2007, a few people in Eldoret are skeptical and feel that we are a long way from peace.

All in all we pray for a peaceful election, no profit is to be made from any form of violence and bloodshed.

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