Nairobi, 18 July, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops have urged Kenyans to avoid tribal clashes that have previously characterized the country’s electioneering period, and instead embrace “cultural diversity”.
In their weekly Sunday message issued July 17, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops say citizens of the East African nation need to embrace cultural inclusivity and not look at tribal diversity as a curse but as a blessing.
“We must end the culture of tribal animosity and violence that comes with every election cycle. Tribal incitement is by far the greatest threat to peace in our country,” KCCB members said in the statement read out by Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Eldoret Diocese.
The Catholic Church leaders said it is unfortunate that some political candidates in the August 9 general elections have started “making veiled references to tribal balkanization”.
“Why do we get so easily convinced to take refuge in our tribes during general elections?” they posed, and expressed their condemnation for those who are “mobilizing young people as a means of causing violence”.