NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for dialogue over the contentious election laws to ensure a peaceful and credible election that is not marred by violence.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Bishops through their chairperson Rt. Reverend Phillip Anyolo urged the Jubilee Government and the Opposition to put the interests of the country first to avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 post election violence that claimed more than 1,000 lives and left 600,000 people internally displaced.
He said the emotive electoral issues should be debated soberly, saying there is still enough time to put things in order.
“We wish to make a passionate appeal for sobriety to give dialogue a chance in order to reach consensus and harmonious resolution that embraces divergent views of all Kenyans,” he appealed.
“We believe that dialogue is the way forward in order to reach mutual understanding and for the common good of all Kenyans.”
The opposition has since indicated that they will not go to the streets for the next 30 days, which they will instead use to mobilize their supporters to register as voters.
“Indeed many social political problems we are facing in this country, would be resolved mutually through continuous engagement in meaningful dialogue,” he said.