Nairobi, 14 August, 2022 / 10:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Church leaders in Kenya have urged citizens of the East African country to exercise patience and control their emotions amid delayed declaration of the Presidential election results following the August 9 general polls.
In their August 12 message, the church leaders representing the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) have thanked Kenyans “for the patience we have exhibited during this period of counting, tallying and declaration of results.”
“We appeal to all of us to remain patient and to have self-control on our emotions. No one should do or say anything that threatens national cohesion or hurt their neighbor,” representatives of the KCCB and NCCK have said.
In their message read out by Bishop Alfred Kipkoech Arap Rotich of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Kericho, the church leaders in Kenya said, “Patience is a critical virtue that we must have so as to maintain peace and justice.”
“In this regard, we are concerned about the instances of lawlessness and violence witnessed at different tallying centers,” the church leaders said, adding, “Let us bring this to an end by using the laid down procedures and structures to address any disputes that emerge during the tallying processes.”