They argue that a referendum is not possible before the next general election, and that a window for reforms through parliament will run out in June 2021.
Regarding the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that is “now a political tool that is bound to drive more division than unity,” the representatives of religious bodies in Kenya want the BBI report and proposals of the team “published to ensure further discourse is on the content rather than the toxic political diatribe we have witnessed so far.”
“This Dialogue Reference Group continues to be appalled by the blatant impunity that is bedrock of corruption in this country. There is no justice in corruption,” the members of the religious entity that is headed by Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva of Mombasa say in their October 16 statement obtained by ACI Africa.
They urge President Uhuru Kenyatta “to institute a broad-based consultative process to develop a corruption eradication strategy for the nation. Knee jerk reactions will not eradicate the impunity that drives corruption.”
The religious leaders further call for the filling of the four vacant vacancies at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and recommend that officials of the electoral body regularly update and engage Kenyans in the preparations for the 2022 general elections.
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We must avoid handling the elections as an emergency, the members of DRG say in their October 16 statement.
They make reference to an episode where security officers reportedly disrupted public worship in a bid to stop politicians from addressing the faithful saying the action amounted to “interference with right to worship,” was “inappropriate” and should not happen again.
“Whereas justice is core to humanity and a stable nation, justice itself is dependent on truth. Let us all embrace truth, and resist those who peddle lies,” the representatives of religious leaders in Kenya under DRG say in their October 16 statement.
Established in 2016 to advance good governance, peace, cohesion and stability of the country with a focus on ensuring free, peaceful and credible elections in 2017, DRG is made up of representatives of eight religious bodies among them KCCB.
Other members include the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK), Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK), the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), the Organization of African Instituted Churches (AIC), the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), Shia Asna Ashri Jamaat, and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM).