“Work together to conclude elections”: Kenyan Archbishop to Election Body amid Discord

Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde of Kenya's Mombasa Archdiocese. Credit: Mombasa Archdiocese

The Archbishop of Mombasa Archdiocese in Kenya has challenged members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to bridge their differences and work together to conclude the electioneering period in the East African nation despite the disagreement between them.

“Try to work together to conclude this election. Work in harmony, produce the results,” Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde said on Sunday, August 28, referencing the gubernatorial, parliamentary, and ward elections that were to be held August 29 after being postponed during the August 9 general elections.

On August 15, IEBC chairman declared Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto, the winner of the tight Presidential election with 50.49% of the valid votes, against his main challenger, former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga’s 48.85%.

As Mr. Wafula Chebukati made the announcement, four of the seven IEBC Commissioners held a separate Press Conference, distancing themselves from the Presidential results. They said, “Because of the opaque nature on how this phase has been handled, we cannot take ownership of the results that is going to be announced”.

In his address following the celebration of Holy Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Parish of Mombasa Archdiocese on August 28, Archbishop Kivuva said that while Kenyans may not be privy to the cause of the discord between the IEBC Commissioners, they ought to remember “that they were given their responsibility by the people of Kenya”.


“If they prevent us from moving forward, they will be to blame from now on,” the Local Ordinary of Mombasa Archdiocese who doubles as the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said.

He called on Kenyans to remain calm as they await the decision of the Supreme Court following the election petition.

On August 22, Mr. Odinga rejected the declared presidential results and filed a petition, through the political coalition he leads, Azimio La Umoja, in Kenya’s Supreme Court seeking to have Dr. Ruto’s victory overturned.

Archbishop Kivuva urged citizens of the East African nation to move on, saying, “Kenyans wherever you are, go about your business. Let us not be afraid. Let us wait for the decision of the Court.” 

He also called on Kenyans to pray for the seven Supreme Court judges who will be listening to the Presidential petition.

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“May we continue to pray for the judges that everyone may get wisdom; that they may get the wisdom, like Solomon, to decide who has won,” the Kenyan Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in June 2003 said, adding that Kenyans “will heed to what the Court will decide”.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.