Christian Leaders in Kenyan County Initiate Prayer, Civic Education Forums Ahead of Polls

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Christian leaders in Kenya’s Embu County have organized a number of meetings aimed at educating voters and praying for the 2022 general elections. 

In an audio recording shared with ACI Africa, Bishop Paul Kariuki of the Catholic Diocese of Embu says there is need for peaceful polls in the county and the East African nation at large.

“We have decided to call all leaders of the church together for a prayer and also for input on how to prepare our people for the general elections,” Bishop Kariuki says in the audio recording, and adds that the first meeting was held on Wednesday, May 4.

The Kenyan Catholic Bishop says that the meetings aim at helping the people of Embu to make good choices when voting for leaders. 

“We are doing this to prepare our people. With good preparation, people will be able to make good discernments and good choices,” he said, and added, “Choices have consequences and we would like people to make good ones.”


The Catholic Bishop who has been at the helm of Embu Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in July 2009 cautioned against making wrong choices on election day saying, “Let us not assume that everybody is a good leader.”

“Once you have elected leaders for a period of five years, we will not have another election in between,” he further said, and added, “We want to have leaders who can serve this country very well. This way, we will be able to make a step forward instead of being stagnant or taking a step backward.”

The 59-year-old Catholic Church leader Bishop Kariuki underscored the need for peace in Kenya. “We want a peaceful election, coexistence and therefore, we want to pray for our county and country at large,” he said. 

“Elections will come and go but the people will remain. Therefore, it is good to live in peace, to be considerate and to respect one another,” Bishop Kariuki said.

Kenyan eligible voters will be expected to vote for their President, Governors, Senators, Women representatives, Members of Parliament, and Members of County Assemblies at the poll scheduled for August 9.  

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In March, representatives of religious leaders under the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG) in Kenya said plans are underway for them to spearhead civic education targeting their respective members as the East African nation prepares for general elections.

“We shall commence interaction with Kenyans in our places of prayer and worship to strengthen interaction with stakeholders so that we educate our voters as we gear towards the next election,” DRG Secretary, Canon Chris Kinyanjui, said. 

He said that DRG members who include representatives of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) are also ready to undertake advocacy work and increase the visibility of faith-based actors in the public space ahead of the August polls.

“We shall strengthen Monitoring and Observation as well as the rapid response. We are monitoring the gender-based violence, inter-ethnic conflicts, and insecurity incidents that we have witnessed in the country,” Canon Kinyanjui said March 15.

The DRG official said that Kenyan religious leaders will partner with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and other stakeholders in their activities.


Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.