Eldoret, 06 August, 2022 / 7:20 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Kenya has emphasized the need for peace in the country as the electorate in the East African nation head to the polls on Tuesday, August 9.
Bishop Dominic Kimengich told local media Friday, August 5 that Kenyans “are tired” of recurring post-election violence.
“We are tired of having violence whenever there are elections,” Bishop Kimengich said, and added, “All of us Kenyans should decide that we need peaceful elections."
“This time, I pray that we act maturely and acknowledge that we are all Kenyans, that we will be at home anywhere in the country," the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret said.
Kenya has had a challenging road to the consolidation of its democracy. While the violence following the December 2007 poll that left more than 1,000 people dead and at least 350,000 displaced has widely been reported, the East African country has witnessed other post-election skirmishes, including the 1992, 1997, 2013, and 2017.