, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1- “Our nation is facing great trials that threaten to tear it apart, the recent politicking, name calling, ethnic incitement…” were the words of Bishop Alfred Rotich while addressing the country ahead of the much awaited visit by Pope Francis.
He says it’s already too much for Kenyans who have to contend with the affliction of hard economic times and cannot contend, “With disunity at the leadership level.”
He cited Proverb 28: 25 to call for unity among Kenyans and embrace peace.
It reads; “The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.”
The Church has also called for National Prayers and conversion since the trend has only disintegrated the country further.
Rotich who was addressing a press briefing on the Pope’s visit at the Office of the President on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Kenya urged Kenyans to embrace oneness ahead of the much awaited visit by the Holy Father.
“Our country has been called to peace and prosperity and with this knowledge we should steer clear of paths that lead us on the wrong direction,” he appealed.
“Let us join together and humbly seek redemption together and set an example for the generations to come by always seeking God first in times of challenges and also in times of prosperity.”
Bishop Rotich noted that the country was facing major problems ranging from economics challenges and disunity, but urged Kenyans to unite in praying for the country.
Similar calls have been made earlier by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, who called on civil society groups to intensify pressure on government to tame increased hate speech which can lead to violence in the country.
“As we approach the elections the drums of possible violence are being heard by all of us,” he said.
He says the country is dancing on a precipice and it may flip over if something is not done more so ahead of 2017 General Election.
“We have to internalise these problems as we have a 30-month window to implement the program. As middle civil society organisations in the democracy and governance sector, we still face challenges that the elite face,” he said.
The three days vist by Pope Francis will kick off on November 25 to 27.