Refrain from partisan politics, clergy advised

Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal Churches and Ministries is advising the clergy to refrain from being partisan in their quest for a practical solution to the countrys political stalemate.

The Congress Bishop Dr. Stanley Michuki said partisan religious leaders are bound to negate a concerted mediation bid by various stakeholders for a peaceful rerun of the October 26 presidential election.

Dr. Michuki urged the men of cloth to remain steadfast in their noble role of guidance in society and desist from making political inclinations that may polarise the country as it gears towards the much awaited polls.

He was speaking at a news interview Sunday in Bahati Constituency, while gracing the consecration ceremony of Bishop Jane Joyce, where he expressed concern at the role of the church in the country struggling to find a common bearing out of its leadership crisis.

Bishop Michuki took a swipe at the National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General Cannon Peter Karanja for allegedly alluding to what was widely interpreted as sharing of Government between the political divides of the two election protagonists President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

Cannon Karanja while addressing a media conference in Limuru last week had proposed a mediation process between the ruling Jubilee Party and the opposition National Super Alliance that will pave way for another grand coalition Government for sustainable peace and tranquility in the country.

The Bishop was dismissive of NCCKs advice terming Cannon Karanjas statement as potentially divisive and poised to reverse gains the country has painstakingly achieved in the common quest for democracy.

While the church needs to encourage citizens to choose their leaders appropriately, Dr. Michuki asked the clergy to allow citizens to exercise their democratic choice of a suitable President at the repeat presidential election as directed by the Supreme Court.

In echoing his sentiments Bahati law maker Kimani Ngunjiri urged the church to lead nonpartisan voter sensitisation drives aimed at enabling voters understand the benefits of the amendment of the election laws at the national Assembly.

Ngunjiri, who defended the controversial amendments argued that the clergy, whom he noted commanded a large audience base in the country, could significantly help elected leaders educate the public on the merits of the changes on the laws to avert a constitutional crisis in future.

The legislator said the merits of the proposed tweaks on the election laws far outweigh their drawbacks to the country that is anticipating an increasingly free democratic space for generations to come.

He used the platform to ask foreign missions to steer clear of Kenyas affairs but allow citizens in the emerging democracy generate homemade solutions to political problems afflicting them.

The Member of Parliament called on police to rein in on criminals infiltrating anti IEBC protests in the countrys cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Ngunjiri said pockets of violent protests in the Western city of Kisumu and the Capital Nairobi have smothered business in the areas in recent weeks, driving the countrys economy to a downward trend.

Source: Kenya News Agency