Kenyans from all walks of life have been urged to pray and fast for peace to prevail before, during and after the August 8 general elections.
Apostle Joseph Likiti of Global Arise and Shine Evangelism called on leaders from across the political divide to lower the rising political temperatures ahead of the forthcoming polls.
Addressing hundreds of peace ambassadors under the banner ‘Global Peace Ambassadors’ at Bridge Resort in Mombasa on Sunday, Apostle Likiti said Kenyans should pray for a ‘prosperous united nation and not a bitterly divided one after the polls’.
He said 4 million peace ambassadors have been activated in most of the 47 counties campaigning for peaceful elections.
Apostle Likiti said Kenyans should reject any sort of chaos such as the one witnessed in the 2007/08 post election violence adding that the grassroots peace ambassadors would be ‘preaching peace, unity and love among the diverse Kenyan communities’.
‘We want to hold the politicians responsible and accountable during the electioneering campaign period,’ said Apostle Likiti.
He continued ‘we need to realize as a people that we would need each other after the elections because we don’t have any other country other than Kenya,’ he said.
He appealed to the candidates vying for various elective seats across the country to carry out mature and peaceful campaigns.
The religious leader said politicians should allow the electorates to exercise their democratic rights and vote for leaders of their choice without ‘threats, intimidation and blackmail’.
He condemned those behind the circulation of leaflets in parts of the coastal county threatening certain communities with eviction ahead of the polls.
The cleric pleaded with the youth to shun violence at election time and asked the authorities to deal firmly with those behind the leaflets before things got out of hand.
Nyali MP and Mombasa Gubernatorial candidate on a Vibrant Democratic Party (VDP) ticket Hezron Awiti who attended the peace forum called on the church to incessantly pray for peace to prevail in the countdown to the elections.
Awiti said the church should lead the way in praying for peaceful elections and urged the electorate not to allow to be divided by the same people that seek to serve them.
Source: Kenya News Agency