KENYA: Preach Peace and Unity before and After Elections, KCPF Implores

By Odiwuor Opiyo

NAIROBI, JANUARY 28, 2022 (CISA) – The Kenyan Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF) has urged all Kenyans to take up the mantle of preaching peace and unity before and after the General Elections of 2022.

In a January 25 statement the organization said, “Let us avoid being manipulated towards negative sentiments of other Kenyans on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race or other inherent or cultural characteristics. Stereotyping of others easily leads to hate speech whether in public or in private settings, whether on social media or through widespread remarks.”

KCPF also reminded all professionals of their mandate especially as the country warms up to the general elections this year. “We request that we pursue our role as technical experts in matters relating to governance and social justice, especially as we get to into the political campaign season. Professionals have been centric in offering solutions to our country’s predicaments but, but sometimes, unfortunately, have been part of the problem.”

Kenyans were equally encouraged to, “take advantage of the voter registration exercise…” and to ensure they, “engage and vote for leaders who have the best interest of our country at heart.”

The statement signed by Chairperson Charles Kanjama and Secretary Vincent Kimosop moreover, encouraged political leaders in their forays to seek elective positions putting forward that in this endeavor, they should pursue honest campaigns marked by integrity and pursuit of servant leadership.

“We ask you to fairly communicate your character traits, your agenda, your competence and your track record. Comply with the laws including electoral laws. Assiduously avoid inflammatory statements, hate speech, bribery and political manipulation. Desist from acts and utterances that are likely to affect the peace and progress of our country. Let us all embrace political tolerance and remember that there is life after elections,” read part of the statement.

Additionally, political leaders were urged to open up to the idea of engaging with professionals who may help in rolling out campaigns. However, the body insisted that this be founded on solid budgetary concerns so that these professionals are paid promptly and adequately for services rendered.

“Remember to also set aside funds in the event you will need professionals like lawyers for [post-electoral work! Professionals will not be ready to provide competent services based on unmet promises of future payment!” the body imposed.