“If a guy had said that we must depose the poor off the things we must burn, the shanties, the slums and let the people go, if a leader ever said that, ask him, are you still saying the same?” Archbishop Muheria said, addressing himself to the Kenyan electorate.
During the August 9 poll, Kenyan voters will be expected to cast ballots for their President, Governors, Senators, Women Representatives, Members of Parliament (MPs), and Members of County Assemblies (MCAs).
In the June 3 interview with ACI Africa, Archbishop Muheria urged eligible voters to take part in the scheduled general elections.
“All registered voters must vote because by refusing to vote you give a chance to that leader who is going to do a lot of evil to win over the one who would have curtailed,” he said.
The Archbishop called on Kenyans to maintain peace and cultivate good values.
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“We are not just pursuing peace; we are pursuing what is good for our nation and that is justice within, the harmony of working together, acceptance, (and), so, all the values that are the building blocks that produce peace,” he said.
Archbishop Muheria continued, “We are trying to remove the negatives and telling the people you should not subscribe to the negatives. You should not let the negatives control, you should not be sold to the negatives as the narrative, but we should start doing your own narratives.”
He explained, “We are not saying this as a nation, but me as a person, I must make the narrative that I will not allow myself to say negative, even if it is going to be for my benefit.”
“I refuse to follow the paths of violence because of me, not because it has been said, but because I have decided I am not going to be using violence. That's a Kenyan. It is about bringing goodness and letting it blossom in us,” Archbishop Muheria said.
He cautioned Kenyans against the tendency to praise what he termed the “over flooded” evil in the country.
“We must change that narrative, and it's not just about the election. It’s about my life, it is about my family, about your family, about my communities, about my backyard, and it is about my children and my grandchildren. It is not about this guy I'm electing,” the Kenyan Archbishop said during the June 3 interview on the sidelines of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Mbinda.
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.