KENYA: Catholic Bishops Cautions Against Tribal Politics Ahead of Elections

NAIROBI JUNE 20, 2017(CISA)-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has  cautioned Kenyans against involving themselves in tribal politics that will stir up hatred among themselves.

“We must resist and reject any form of incitements. We must foster a unified nation. Desist from inflammatory and irresponsible utterances stirring up hatred towards specific candidates,” the bishops said.

The prelates appealed to politicians to preach peace and unity ahead of the August 8 General Elections.

“We appeal to the politicians to conduct themselves peacefully and ensure that whatever they do should be in the interest of Kenyans and in particular, to promote unity in the country,” the bishops said in a press statement read today by Bishop Cornelius Korir, Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Justice and Peace Commission.

In the statement titled, “Peaceful and Credible Elections for Leaders of Integrity,” the bishops condemned the spate of violence experienced during party nominations in some parts of the country saying they serve to threaten hard-earned peace in the country.

They challenged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and other stakeholders to ensure that all the electoral processes are credible based on compliance to the principles of Article 81 of the constitution.

“In doing so ,the sanctity of the people and their entitlement enshrined in the 2010 constitution and expressly provided for in the Bill of Rights will be respected…The IEBC therefore carries the greatest responsibility and must be alive to that,” they said.

The bishops further called on Kenyans to come out in large numbers and cast out their votes in the August 8 General Elections, saying that this will enable them exercise their democratic rights to vote and together make a decision on how their Country will be governed.

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