Christian clerics calls for political truce ahead of polls

The Christian clerics in Garissa have called for a political truce between President Kenyatta and NASA Principal, Raila Odinga to pave way for dialogue and guarantee a fair, free, transparent and credible election.

Addressing the press after leading the national prayers called by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Jamhuri club in Garissa town, the clerics regretted that the heightened political temperature that has divided Kenyans on political and ethnic lines was a recipe for anarchy.

Rev. David Matolo of the Redeemed Church quoting extensively from the bible said President Kenyatta and NASA Principal must embrace dialogue for the sake of the Kenyans.

President Kenyatta is the father of the nation apart from being the head of state and he should put down his foot and provide leadership, Matolo said.

Allow dialogue to take place between leaders willing to do so. This should be held within the constitution. It is not too late. Kenyans on the other hand should uphold nationhood. If we burn our country, we have nowhere else to go, he added.

The cleric said dialogue should come from the leaders’ hearts and not the lips.

Pastor Eliud Mue of AIC said it was time the church and the government came together and chart the way forward for the country.

The political temperatures are too high. Our top leadership must soften their stances and give dialogue a chance as the country unites in prayers, Mue said.

Pastor Obadiah Mwinzi of the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) urged President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to put the interest of the country ahead of personal and party interests.

Mwinzi condemned the bloodshed that has been witnessed in the recent past that has deepened the political and tribal divisions among Kenyans.

The prayers were organised by the Garissa pastor’s fellowship an interfaith body that brings together all the churches in the county in collaboration with the national government.

Madogo Assistant County Commissioner, Peter Ng’eny and his Garissa central division counterpart, Peter Masaa assured Kenyans willing to vote on Thursday in the repeat presidential polls of security.

Source: Kenya News Agency