Catholic bishops in Kenya called for calm in the East Africa nation, as pockets of violent postelection protests left at least five dead in opposition strongholds.
The protests had ignited slums in Nairobi and Kisumu after Raila Odinga, the main opposition candidate, rejected the provisional early results, which showed incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had taken an early lead in the 8th August voting.
“We are saying to the actors (politicians), you were given an opportunity to go around the country; now can you stop and reflect and allow Kenyans to pause as they wait for the results,” said Bishop Alfred Rotich, retired head of the country’s military diocese, at a news conference on 10th August.
“We need to be calm, we need to be sober…this is moment for peace,” he added.
In Eldoret, Bishop Cornelius Arap Korir issued a similar appeal. In some areas, his diocese is still recovering from a deadly postelection violence that occurred 10 years ago.
“We urge calm. Those who (are) aggrieved should go to court,” said Bishop Arap Korir.
Picture: A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga reacts as he holds up a sign that reads ‘No Raila, No Peace’ during a protest in Nairobi, Kenya, on 9th August. Catholic bishops in Kenya called for calm in the East Africa nation, as pockets of violent post election protests left at least five dead in opposition strongholds. (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA).