Nairobi, 23 March, 2023 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Resorting to a “stand-off and defiance” on the part of the government and opposition leaders in Kenya will not address the “myriad of problems and crises” ordinary citizens are grappling with, Catholic Bishops in the East African nation have warned.
In their latest statement of Wednesday, March 22, two days after leaders of opposition under the Azimio One Kenya Coalition realized their call for countrywide anti-government demonstrations, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) call on the country’s President, the leader of opposition, and Kenyan politicians to take and “follow the path of peace and dialogue”.
“The disarray and the disturbing scenes we witnessed on 20th March 2023 makes us come back to address you and our leaders both in government and those in opposition,” KCCB members say as a follow up to their March 18 caution against the “slippery road to anarchy” and in reference to protests in sections of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and other cities in response to the call for “mass action” by the opposition leader, former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga.
In the statement that was read out by the Chairman of KCCB, Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde, Catholic Bishops in Kenya underscore the need for dialogue, saying, “There cannot be a good reason to resort to the stand-off and defiance of our leaders to the detriment of Kenyans.”
“The chest thumping from those in government that they will not dialogue with the opposition will not solve the concerns and problems Kenyans are saddled with,” KCCB members further say, adding that Kenya “is at a place where blame games by our leaders cannot address the country’s myriad of problems and crises.”