In their September 3 statement, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) called upon Kenyans to “dutifully” and “peacefully” follow the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court ruling will give us direction on the way to proceed as a country. We should all dutifully follow the decision of the court, peacefully,” KCCB members said in the statement that was delivered by their President, Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde.
The Archbishop of Mombasa added, “We remind all our leaders and all Kenyans that the Justice of the courts is not to be equated with the justice of God. God’s judgement knows the depths of the hearts and the intentions.”
The Catholic Bishops underlined the need for Kenyans to be on God’s side even after the presidential verdict, saying that it is not “a matter of political or individual preferences.”
In his Sunday, September 4 message, Archbishop Anthony Muheria urged Kenyans to maintain calmness after the Supreme Court delivers the verdict of the Presidential election.
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Archbishop Muheria who was speaking at Our Lady of Consolata Catholic Church of his Metropolitan See of Nyeri also cautioned political leaders against utterances that could cause violence.
“We cannot set our country on fire because of the interest of one person… and that is why I call on all political leaders to be careful with their utterances that threaten peace should the outcome not favor them,” Archbishop Muheria said.
He added, “Whatever you are looking for is right and just but do not involve us in violence or verbal exchanges that will alter the peace of the country or how we live with one another.”
In an August 29 message, religious leaders urged Kenyans to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court on the presidential poll.
The religious leaders representing KCCB, the National Council of Churches (NCCK), the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), and Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK) also urged Kenyans to accept the verdict as a win for Kenya.
“We urge every Kenyan, regardless of their political affiliation, to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court as the position of justice,” the religious leaders said, and added, “It is Kenya that will have won either way.”