Nairobi, 05 April, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in Kenya have lauded efforts made by the Government and the Opposition in the East African nation to halt weekly demonstrations that had routinely been characterized by acts of lawlessness, including property destruction, looting, invasion of private property, and even loss of lives.
The leader of the Azimio One Kenya Coalition who had declared anti-government weekly demonstrations to take place on Monday and Thursday aimed at forcing President William Samoei Ruto to lower the cost of living among other demands said he had acknowledged and accepted “the olive branch” for dialogue that the Kenyan President had offered at an earlier press conference.
In their Tuesday, April 4 collective statement, religious leaders representing members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) say the move to halt the protests paid heed to the desire of Kenyans.
They laud President Ruto, and former Prime Minister, Hon. Odinga “for hearing the plea of Kenyans to sit and engage in consultations to resolve their political differences.”