Churches seek the light on polls date

February 15, 2012 4:01 pm


Church leaders address a joint press conference/COURTESY
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Church leaders are calling on President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to end anxiety over the date of elections by communicating the way forward after the constitutional court ruled that they can influence the date.

The Christian leaders said that the country is anxious on the definite date of elections and that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is unable to plan ahead of the polls.
“Without a definite election date, Kenyans remain anxious. To ensure there is adequate preparations for the elections, and to remove the anxiety and uncertainty, we urge the two Principals to communicate to the nation their decision as guided by the court ruling,” read Wabukhala.
The High Court last month ruled that elections could be either held this year, within sixty days from the date on which the National Coalition is dissolved by written agreement between the President and Prime Minister or within sixty days from the expiry of the term of the National Assembly on January 15 next year.

The clergy called on politicians to be sensitive in their campaigns and to include all communities in their plans so that they do not polarise the country saying the wounds of the 2008 post election violence had not healed.

At the same time, Wabukhala condemned the current spate of violence in Isiolo and Moyale, and called on the government to deal with leaders inciting the warring communities.

“All the 42 tribes in Kenya have a right to be there and must be included in the strategies by political parties and candidates. The country is getting into a season of heightened political activity with the danger that new wounds will be afflicted and so politicians must be sensitive in their utterances to avoid jeopardising peace,” he added.

They prevailed on Parliament to give attention to the concerns expressed on the issue of boundaries and ensure that justice is delivered to all following intense emotions during public debate on the proposed boundaries

Wabukhala said that plans are underway for a national prayer day for the constitutional implementation tasks underway and the anticipated general election.

“We shall congregate and take time on this day to pray for our nation. We urge all Kenyans to join us as we seek forgiveness from God and commit our nation to the Almighty God,” he said.

The church leaders expressed confidence that relevant state organs will exert all effort towards preserving peace and ensuring that politicians remain within the law even as political campaigns intensify.

Bishop David Oginde of Christ is the Answer Ministries also warned politicians flocking churches when their intention was to campaign.


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