The electorate needs to scrutinize candidates’ ability to foster, in the Kenyan context, “reconciliation with Mother Earth through an environmentally friendly agenda.”
“We need a leader who reconciles us with creation,” the Catholic Bishops said.
Other characteristics in political candidates that KCCB members emphasized in their June 19 message included taking the lead in the fight against corruption, and being “a truly moral leader”.
“As we elect new leaders at all levels, we must seek a leader who commits to fight corruption and offers concrete actions on how to do so,” they said, and called on Kenyans to “refuse to elect any leader who we perceive will propagate the cancer of corruption.”
They emphasized, “An electable leader should detest corruption at all levels to serve as an example to others.”
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On moral values, KCCB members said, “It is important that we interrogate all candidates on their stand on ethical and moral issues. We can look at their earlier statements and ask them to express what their moral stand is.”
They regretted the fact there are political candidates whose agendas propagate policies devoid of moral and ethical values.
“For a Nation to thrive, it must be founded on sound ethical principles. Leaders should seek to articulate these in our laws, the respect of God in his laws as underpinned in our Constitution, the respect for life, and development that nurtures in the society what is generally referred as goodness or common good,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya said.
Addressing themselves to the Kenyan electorate, they reiterated their May 27 caution against electing political candidates with pro-abortion tendencies.
“We specifically caution you and ask that you stand up against those bad leaders who propose to destroy life in its initial stages in the mother’s womb through abortion, those who have an agenda of liberalization of sexual behaviour including pornography, and those proposing the destruction of our youth through liberalization of drug use,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya said.
They faulted leaders who support “an immoral agenda” in Kenya, saying, “This spells doom for a society.”
“When we say God fearing leader, we mean one who respects God's laws in real life,” KCCB members said, and added, “We must elect a leader who will not only protect but promote our Traditional African and Christian family values.”
“As your shepherds, we ask you to look for qualities of moral servant leaders. That is, leaders who are visionary, reconcilers, and of high integrity to steer our wards, constituencies, counties and country forward,” they reiterated in their June 19 read out by Archbishop Muheria.
The Catholic Bishops in Kenya added, “Let us elect a truly Godly leader who inspires hope and unity among Kenyans. May Christ our Servant Leader shine upon us to discern the kind of leader who will address the challenges Kenyans face particularly the poor and disadvantaged.”
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.