Kenyan Catholic bishops have urged the citizens to prepare to vote peacefully in the 8th August general elections.
“We need to create a peaceful environment to demonstrate our patriotism for our wonderful country and ensure that all parts are in peace,” said Bishop Philip Anyolo, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement delivered at a news conference on 28th July. “We are calling on all Kenyans to seize this opportunity to exercise our constitutional right and give ourselves leaders of integrity.”
The bishops noted a relative peace in the latest part of the campaigns. Earlier violence rekindled memories of 2007-2008 postelection violence, when incumbent Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner and candidate Raila Odinga rejected the poll as stolen. More than 1,000 people died and more than 300,000 were displaced from their homes.
More than 19 million voters in the mainly Christian country are expected to cast ballots to elect a president, legislators, governors and local leaders in the August elections.
Picture: Men sit in front of a wall with a message of peace in Nairobi, Kenya ON 23rd July. Kenyan Catholic bishops have urged citizens to prepare to vote peacefully in the 8th August general elections. (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA).