Kenayans in Juba speak about coming elections in their country
As Kenyans draw closer to decide in a highly contested election between the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, and his long rival Raila Odinga, Juba Monitor heard mixed reactions from Kenyans on the streets of Juba.
“The relationship between the two countries has to remain strong irrespective of the outcome of Kenya’s forthcoming elections,” said Willy Mwadime, a senior offical at the Kenyan Embassy in South Sudan.
He said Kenya is the in and out let of all activities in South Sudan, and everything affecting the flow of this arrangement will impact negatively not only in South Sudan, but also the entire region. “We can find how many South Sudanese refugees in Kenya, so that we have to cherish peace in all situations,” he said.
Samuel is a Mandazi seller in Juba. He told Juba Monitor all he expects from the election that will take place on the 8th of August is peace.
“I expect peace, fair and free election, he said. As a Kenyan based on what I have seen, I expect Ralia Odinga to win and reasons that will make him win this time is because he has brought a lot of hidden things to light.”
Odhiambo revealed that he will be leaving South Sudan to Kampala this Sunday so that he can cast his vote.
For Wilson Kimani an IT specialist said even though he is not going to cast his vote, he fears there might be violence among those vying for the big seats.
“The election does not matter who will be announced the winner because everyone will announce himself winner and if there is violence which we do not wish, the entire region will be affected.”
Wilson further explained that the entire countries bordering Kenya benefits a lot from port Mombasa and urged all the regions to pray for a peaceful election so that business will continue to boom.
“All the regions should put God first so that nothing bad happens; we all need to support peaceful election in Kenya,” Wilson told the Juba Monitor.
Naftal Mwiti who said that he is set to travel by Road to Kenya to cast his vote hope for a peaceful, free and fair election so that there will be easy mobility of Goods and services in the entire region.
“The 2007 incident should not happen again, all we need is a peaceful election, our prayer and whoever takes the mandate to rule the country for the next term to come must keep in mind that Kenyans need peace to be maintained even after the elections,”said Naftal.
“Though I am not going to vote because I am busy, I expect peace and love from the elections and Kenyans must respect the result,” Edwin told Juba Monitor
When asked whether the current fuel crisis has anything to do with the elections in Kenya Edwin was quick to say that the fuel problem in South Sudan has been there since.
“Fuel problems will only get worse in Juba when most of the truck drivers go to cast their votes since many are Kenyans but the current fuel crisis cannot be attributed to the elections in Kenya,” said Edwin.
Nandoli is so much concerned about the outcome of the election as his children are all in Kenya.
“For me I expect peaceful, credible and transparent election, as apparent I will not feel happy if anything bad happens , we Kenyans want peace, and whoever shall win should continue to unite the country as one people,” Nandoli said.
Dennis said for him he urges Kenyans all over the world to go and vote if they are able and he said those talking that the elections has already been done should stop.
“Some people saying that the winner of the election is already decided must stop; those who are capable should go to Kenya and cast their votes,” Dennis said.
For Mary she said that the coming election should be about peace and love and urged her fellow Kenyans to seek God’s wisdom and guidance.
“All the Kenyans should pray to God to provide them with wisdom and guide them in this coming election so that they can vote the right person who will move the country forward,” Mary said.
Anne a grocery seller said if possible her government would have arranged polling stations in foreign countries so that Kenyans with voting cards would cast their votes where they are.
“Kenyans in Juba and other foreign countries should go and vote and it would have been better if the government of Kenya had put provisions where Kenyans in foreign countries with voting cards can cast their votes in the country they are staying in,” said Anne.
Kenyans are set to cast their votes for president on Tuesday the 8th of August as they will choose between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his closest political rival Ralia Odinga.