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Kenya clergy demand elections, again

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9 – The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) on Thursday renewed calls for fresh elections, following the continued wrangles of the country’s top leadership.

NCCK’s General Secretary Canon Peter Karanja said President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have failed to institute reforms and deserve to be replaced alongside all the MPs.

“They need to put in place a proper electoral system to be able to undertake the electoral process. Once they do that, we will need to hold elections and replace the country’s leadership,” Canon Karanja said.

At a press conference with other church leaders in Limuru, the clergy said the two principal coalition partners had failed to show true leadership qualities and instead resorted to wrangling.

“This shows that they do not have the interests of the people at heart. They have further failed to put in place the required reforms,” he added.

He added: “Some of our leaders have lately resorted to the use of foul language in public, they are not doing what is supposed to be done as they pledged during the elections and that is why we feel that there time is up.”

The church leaders were referring to the latest attacks launched by Mr Odinga on his Coalition partner President Mwai Kibaki whose leadership style he described as ‘primitive’.

“With the heightening political bickering, we challenge Kenyans not to be divided by political leaders once again,” he said.

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They said issues raised by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on the power sharing deal were very serious and deserved to be discussed urgently.

“If they are saying the National Accord be re-negotiated, PNU should not ignore that issue; they should all go to the table and resolve the issue. Kenyans do not want to continue seeing our leaders bickering every other time,” he said.

Regarding the recent resignations of Gichugu Member of Parliament Martha Karua from the Justice Ministry and Garsen MP Danson Mungatana from the Medical Services Ministry as an Assistant Minister, the church leaders said ‘these are just side shows’.

“We view the resignations as mere side shows, our leaders are deviating from performing their duties at the interest of the 2012 campaigns,” he said.


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