In their two-page statement signed by KCCB President, Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde of Mombasa Archdiocese, the Catholic Church leaders advocate for the rule of law and moves that are consistent with the country’s Constitution.
“There are very many merit-worthy problems we must address,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya say, and add, “Ills we must criticize, unkept promises we must challenge, but these must be done within the constraints of our Constitution, with due respect to the Kenyan people, to life, and to each other as leaders.”
They also advocate for “talk and dialogue” in a spirit of humility and “within the provisions of our Constitution”.
“We are now appealing to all Kenyan leaders across the political divide that we must humble ourselves to sit, talk and dialogue, in order to find solutions,” KCCB members say, and continue, “The path to resolve any problems in our country must be exclusively those within the provisions of our Constitution.”
They fault the opposition politicians for calling for mass action, saying, “We should not give space to demonstrations that risk to turn violent, nor matches that aim at insurrection and mutiny. Such actions would only negate the very rights and authority of their demands.”
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The Catholic Church leaders urge “Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and all aggrieved leaders, to seek other avenues to address the merit worthy issues.”
“The Constitution provides for rallies and picketing, but these cannot have an agenda of forceful take over or destabilization of a Constitutional Government. Such rallies should highlight issues and seek solutions not to compound them! Let us not weaponize misery!” KCCB members say.
They continue, “With the same breath, we urge the President and his Government to address the pleas of the distressed Kenyan people. Enough food must reach those facing Famine and the cost of living must be contained.”
Catholic Bishops in Kenya reach out to “all Kenyans” to foster peace as they did during the general elections held in August last year.
“We have had such peaceful elections last year. Further in spite of great provocation we still kept peace after the Supreme Court decision on the appeal on presidential elections. This demonstrated that Kenyans overwhelmingly voted for peace!” KCCB members say.
They appeal, “We Kenyans must therefore refuse to be lured into the past politics of confrontation, violence and of seeking ‘justice’ by looting and destruction of property. We Kenyans must reject the venom of hatred that is becoming commonplace in our politicians mouths.”
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