They also want Kenyans to resist any incitement to conflict because of the Bill, the referendum process or any other grounds.
In case the referendum is held, the leaders want Kenyans to exercise their sovereign power directly during the referendum process and to recognize that their individual decision will affect how Kenya is governed.
They encourage members of the Clergy to “provide truthful interpretation of the Bill for the people so that they are not dependent on the influence of the proponents or opponents.”
The Christian leaders want those at the helm of the country to provide resources for nationwide civic education, take into account the views of all Kenyans especially those who express opposition to the referendum, and to investigate and prosecute any persons who incite the public against one another.
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In their statement, the Christian leaders in Kenya also raise their “deep concerns” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, which they say has torn families apart, impoverished men and women who have lost jobs and livelihoods, led to an increase in child-abuse and gender-based violence, devastated the health and wellbeing of Kenyans, and disrupted communal worship.
To mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the representatives of church leaders in Kenya ask Kenyans to pray and fast to overcome the pandemic, and to the government to prioritize the welfare of the people including healthcare workers.
Regarding the planned reopening of schools in 2021, the faith leaders highlight the importance of children resuming their learning and “emphasize the need for all stakeholders to engage the Ministry of Education to ensure that the schools are ready and safe for the children to learn without exposing them to infection with the COVID-19.”
They also call upon the government to consider waiving school fees arrears for parents who have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.
The Christian leaders call upon all Kenyans to pursue paths that lead to peace, unity and a better Kenya.