KENYA: Constructive Dialogue only Way out of Political Crisis, Catholic Bishops Say

NAKURU NOVEMBER 10, 2017(CISA) – Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have promised to spearhead peace building initiatives across the country in remembrance of the late Bishop Cornelius Korir of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret.

In a statement read at the Christ the King Cathedral in the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru after a Holy Mass in memory of Bishop Cornelius Korir and special prayers for the country presided over by John Cardinal Njue, the bishops said that constructive dialogue was the only way out of the political crisis.

“We as Catholic Church, will spearhead peace initiatives and invite our brothers and sisters from other religious faiths and people of good will to join us… the passing on of our dear Bishop Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir, who tirelessly worked for peace and reconciliation among conflicting communities provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the need for lasting peace in Kenya,” said the bishops in a statement read by Bishop Philip Anyolo, KCCB chairman on November 9.

The bishops said they would organize an all-inclusive National Dialogue Forum to set agenda for discussion and resolutions.

“Our focus on the National Dialogue will be directed at difficulties of elections and the reform of the electoral process; national healing and reconciliation; criteria for addressing long term issues of governance; transparency and accountability; poverty, unemployment, economic inequality, conflict resolutions and injustices, among others,” said the bishops.

“This is the forum that we believe, shall offer opportunity to all Kenyans and especially the key political players to engage constructively in a bid to chart the way forward for Kenya,” the bishops added.

The prelates noted that, “Irrespective of the outcome of the Supreme Court on the Presidential Repeat Elections and any evolvement of the political situation, we are convinced that the National Dialogue Forum is necessary.”

They added that it was evident that there were underlying issues that surfaced during elections that could be ironed out through dialogue.