NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 28 – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) on Friday applauded candidates for conducting relatively peaceful campaigns in the country and urged them to sustain the same as the country moves closer to the elections.
KCCB chairman Bishop Philip Anyolo called upon leaders to conduct themselves with decorum and sobriety in the remaining stretch of the campaigns in order to achieve cohesion and national integration.
“We need to create a peaceful environment, to demonstrate our patriotism for this country and ensure that all parts of Kenya are in peace,” said Bishop Anyolo.
The Catholic Bishops recognized the achievements so far made by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) under the circumstances, further calling on the commission to see to it that they secure just, fair transparent, credible and peaceful elections.
Bishop Anyolo also appealed to the youth to refrain from violence and instead engage in activities of peace building.
He also urged security agencies to intensify their preparedness in helping IEBC to secure just, transparent and peaceful elections.
John Cardinal Njue urged the media to strive to be instruments of Peace in their own capacities throughout the electioneering period adding that, the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Kenya are taking an active responsibility in ensuring that their role moves beyond merely observing elections to supporting dialogue for sustainable peace, institutional reforms and most importantly praying for Peace and Unity in the Nation.
“The responsibility of ensuring that the elections are peaceful and credible cannot be shouldered by the church alone, hence the need for all actors and influencers especially the media so that we can make concerted efforts to ensure each of us plays a role, this is very critical;” Cardinal Njue said.
The catholic Bishops also called upon all Kenyans to seize the opportunity to exercise their constitutional rights to elect leaders of integrity.
“We appeal to the entire country to accord IEBC all the support it needs to discharge its constitutional mandate. On their part, we ask the IEBC to see to it that they secure Just, Fair, Transparent, Credible and peaceful Elections,” stated Cardinal Njue.