Nairobi, 11 August, 2023 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in Kenya have called on representatives of opposing political parties in the country who are currently in dialogue with each other to focus on the good of the country, and to be especially mindful of the scores of lives that were in the country’s protracted protests.
Leaders of Kenya Kwanza and Azimio One Kenya Alliance are participating in a dialogue to resolve their differences that have been spiraling from the country’s elections in August last year. A series of protests that the Azimio One Kenya Alliance announced led to dozens of deaths before the leaders of the opposition coalition called them off.
In their Friday, August 11 statement, religious leaders, who include representatives of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) said that Kenyans had “in the last few days heaved a sigh of relief as the bipartisan talks got underway” after protests.
“The absence of toxic political bickering has accorded citizens a chance to reflect on their lives and resume livelihood activities,” the representatives of Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya said in a statement they read out to journalists following their meeting at Ufungamano House in Nairobi.
They called upon the members of the dialogue teams to “wholly focus on the good of Kenya.”