The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has on Wednesday (11/1/17) called for dialogue over the controversial election laws to ensure a peaceful and credible general election.
In a statement, the Bishops through their administrator Rt. Reverend Phillip Anyolo encouraged the Jubilee Government and the Opposition to put the interests of the nation first to stay away from a repeat of the 2007-2008 post election violence that claimed more than 1,000 lives and left 600,000 people internally displaced.
The church urged the political leaders to give dialogue a chance which would lead to a harmonious resolution before the much awaited elections.
“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,” Reverend Anyolo said.
He added that political problems in Kenya would be resolved mutually through continuous engagement in meaningful dialogue.
Opposition leaders and their supporters converged at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi on Wednesday to unveil National Super Alliance (NASA) before the elections.
The leaders included ODM’s Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula, Amani National Congress’ Musalia Mudavadi and KANU’s Nick Salat.
The leaders said they will concentrate on mobilising their supporters to register as voters ahead of the polls.
Cord principal Raila Odinga said the move by the opposition to mobilise their supporters to register as voters is a protest in its own over an “inept government.”
The leaders also announced that they have shelved planned protests over election laws signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Our mass action will now become mass voter registration. We ask our supporters to go out and register,” Moses Wetangula said.