KENYA: Embrace Peace and Unity in Solidarity with the Handshake, Archbishop Muheria Urges

MACHAKOS, AUGUST 28, 2018(CISA)-Archbishop Anthony Muheria of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri has urged Kenyans to embrace peace and unity in solidarity with the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“Unity is not about words, it is about gestures, about actions. As you appear united with us and amongst yourselves, we ask you that this unity that we prayed for, may truly flourish in this region of Ukambani,” the Archbishop said.

He was speaking during the installation of Bishop Norman Kin’goo to Catholic Diocese of Machakos held at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday, August 25.

“Even though we have rivers separating, let us cross these rivers to help one another and to uplift one another,” he added.

Archbishop Muheria has been serving as the Apostolic Administrator to Machakos Diocese for the last three and a half years.

He lauded the good relation between the Church, the county government and national government and further urged them to extend their hospitality to the new bishop.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the county government of Machakos for the great solidarity you have given and shown to us. I want here publicly to recognize and thank the county government of Makueni. We have had so many relations invitations with Prof Kivutha Kibwana thank you,” he said.

Also speaking at the event Deputy President William Ruto echoed the Bishops sentiments saying that unity among political and church leaders will help the government deliver services to the people.

“We have no place for tribal politics. We are all brothers, let us build the bridges of friendship for our country to prosper,” Ruto said.

Present at the event was Kalonzo Musyoka the Party Leader of WIPER, governors Alfred Mutua of Machakos, Charity Ngilu of Kitui and Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni County and Eugine Wamalwa the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution.

“We are building bridges and all of us will cross over to Canaan (better country). It will not be Jubilee or Wiper but it will be all Kenyans crossing, “Musyoka said.