, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – The Catholic Church is now urging President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to respect the ruling of the Supreme Court on the presidential petition.
Kenya Episcopal Conference Chairman John Njue said the two leaders must abide by the outcome of the ruling and also urge their supporters to do the same.
He reminded politicians to avoid holding rallies that could end up discussing the pending ruling arguing that they could provoke Kenyans and incite them to violence.
Odinga has said CORD has already put its rallies on hold, as he awaits the highly anticipated ruling.
“We make a passionate appeal to the presidential candidates to unreservedly accept the decision of the court and abide by it. Our dear Kenyans, we appeal to you to remain peaceful. Refuse to be incited by any person or party,” he asked.
The National Security Advisory Council had earlier advised political parties to suspend their planned inter-county meetings because they could ignite ill-feelings among Kenyans that could trigger violence.
“Indeed, such meetings could obsolete gains made from the peaceful conduct of elections which demonstrated to the world that Kenya’s democracy had matured and investors were already releasing investment capital,” noted the NSAC.
The council has also said that it will crackdown on the idle mobs that congregate at various spots in the Central Business District because they pose a security threat.
The church at the same time expressed concern over the incitement messages that have dominated social media in the recent past.
This comes a day after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) announced that it was investigating four Kenyans, including blogger Dennis Itumbi, suspected of spreading vitriol on their networks.
“It is regrettable that while we thought Kenyans have grown out of their ethnic stereotypes and polarisation, they have only moved the platform of their exchanges to a less ‘conspicuous’ location,” noted Anyolo.
In the letter dated March 12 and signed by NCIC Secretary Hassan Mohammed, the Commission said it commenced the investigation on Itumbi after receiving a complaint from an unnamed citizen.
When contacted, Itumbi told Capital FM News that he had already engaged his lawyer to write to the NCIC asking for a public grilling session.
The church also lauded the country’s security agents, political parties and the media for their conduct during the electioneering period.