Catholic Bishops Decry Rising Incitement

Catholic bishops have urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to instill confidence in the validity of the general election in order to avoid chaos in the country.

At the same time, the bishops have urged politicians to tone down their public abuse of one another and to run mature campaigns.

Addressing a press conference on behalf of other bishops, Nyeri catholic archbishop Anthony Muheria stated that it is critical for the commission to explain to Kenyans the steps they are taking to ensure free and fair elections.

“We want to urge the Chebukati led commission to explain to Kenyans their process from voting up to tallying in Nairobi so that Kenyans can belief and see polls without any shred of unfairness to candidates this will instill confidence among Kenyans who will then believe the outcome of this election that is free and fair,” he stated.

Muheria, on the other hand, urged the government departments tasked with assisting the IEBC to cooperate with the Kenyans hired to oversee the voting process.

The bishop, on the other hand, warned politicians against hurling insults at one another as campaigns enter the home stretch.

“Politicians should tone down their abuses at each other which unfortunately are growing louder day by day they should conduct themselves with decorum since we are not interested in their abuses but their development plans they should treat us with respect that we deserve as Kenyans,” he said.

He urged those who would lose to accept the outcome, saying that doing so would protect the country from post-election chaos.

Muheria’s remarks on abuses come at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have exchanged disparaging words in public, a trend that has gained traction in recent days.

He urged Kenyans to make wise choices on election day, saying it would be wrong to be enticed by cash rewards to vote for morally corrupt leaders who have the potential to ruin the country.

“Kenyans should reason wisely even if a politicians comes and tell you that in the first days of their leadership the cost of living especially “unga” will be lowered you should at the back of your mind reason that it hard work by Kenyans that will lower costs not politicians, do not allow yourself to swallow cheap promises reinforced with cash but vote wisely,” Muheria stated.

Muheria emphasized the importance of Kenyans electing credible leaders who can hold them accountable while also working with them to spur development.