Kenyan Catholic bishops have welcomed as a “hand of God” the apparent truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and influential opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose prolonged election dispute had threatened to trigger widespread chaos in the East African nation.
At a news conference on 14th March in Nairobi, the bishops said the leaders’ action united and moved the country forward, following the violent and ethnically divisive electioneering period.
“This is a hand of God,” Bishop Philip Anyolo, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, told journalists. “God cannot be ruled out in what we are seeing. People have prayed and continue to pray for better times.”
On 10th March, Odinga showed up at Kenyatta’s office for talks. He later declared that Kenyans could not remember why or where they disagreed. The differences, he warned, were entrenched into the third generation and were leaking into fourth one, now primary and secondary schools.
“As we fight to ostensibly save ourselves from each other, the reality is, we need to save our children from ourselves. My brother (Kenyatta) and I have therefore come together today to say this descent stops here,” he said.
Picture: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, greets opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance coalition after a news conference in Nairobi on 9th March. (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters).