Former Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama has called on Kenyan youth to avoid violence and promote peace as Kenya unites to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
This follows the upcoming 2022 general elections scheduled for August, which are still associated with political intolerance.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is celebrated annually and highlights the power of sport to drive social change, community development and foster peace and understanding.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly on August 23, 2013 and supported by the International Olympic Committee, Wanyama uses the day to push for peaceful coexistence among Kenyans.
The captain of CF Montreal (USA) called on young people to spread love, peace and unity
“Hey guys, today is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, as Victor Wanyama Foundation, we would like to encourage young people to spread love and peace in our communities through sport” , he said in a video posted on his social networks. .
“In this electoral period, the youth must not accept being abused by politicians, let us spread a message of peace in this period, and let us remain united.
“Sport does not discriminate against race, tribe or place of origin. Let us stand together and spread a message of peace”.
Elections have proven to be stormy in Kenya over the years and Wanyama has now called on young people to show peace and love during this time and avoid being used to cause havoc during the election period.
The 2007 general election, for example, was one of the darkest phases in the country, as thousands of lives were lost and property destroyed after the final poll results were disputed.
Leaders from several spheres called for peace and tolerance ahead of the polls and Wanyama joined in urging young people to be peaceful.