Bishop John Obala Owaa, Chairman of KCCB's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) addressing participants at the two-day National Christian Conference in Kenya's capital Nairobi. / Facebook Page Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC).

Referendum, Succession Politics Need to Be Separated, Kenya’s Christian Leaders Urge

Dec 11, 2020

Christian leaders in Kenya are calling on politicians in the East African nation to separate the debate around a referendum on the Constitution and the 2022 succession politics to guarantee peace and stability in the country.

Archbishop Philip Anyolo, Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) reading the message of the Bishops at Episcopal Ordination of the new Bishop of Kenya’s Kitui diocese, Saturday, August 29.

Eight Issues of Concern for Bishops in Kenya Who Want “the good of everyone”

Aug 30, 2020

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have, in a collective message titled “Conscience: A Path to Life”, outlined eight issues affecting the East African nation, calling on Kenyans to be vigilant and “do what is right for the good of everyone.”

A section of South Sudanese during the 2011 referendum when they overwhelmingly voted to secede from Sudan.

South Sudanese Bishop Supports Post-Election Referendum to Resolve States’ Controversy

Dec 10, 2019

Weeks after a South Sudanese Bishop recommended that the controversy around boundaries and the number of states in his country be resolved through engaging citizens in a poll, the Government of the world’s youngest nation announced Friday, December 6 that the divisive issue of states will require a referendum, a move the Bishop has once again welcomed.

Representation of Ghana's referendum question. The poll was called off on Sunday, December 1, to be rescheduled at a later date.

Decision to Postpone December 17 Referendum in Ghana “good news,” Bishop Says

Dec 4, 2019

Following the December 1 decision by Ghana’s president to call off the referendum scheduled for December 17 in which Ghanaians were to vote on whether to allow or deny Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) participate in local elections based on party affiliations, Catholic Bishops in the West African country have reacted to the move, terming the decision “good news.”

The 28 States of South Sudan decreed by President Salva Kiir in October 2015

On Contention about States in South Sudan, Bishop Recommends Engaging Citizens

Nov 12, 2019

One of the reasons for the latest postponement of the formation of a unity government in South Sudan, a power-sharing government that would see the leader of opposition Dr. Riek Machar sworn in a Vice-President, is the arrangement of the boundaries of states in the world’s youngest country, including the number of states.

Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations

Church Leaders in Zimbabwe Want 7-Year National Fast from Politics, Propose Referendum

Oct 11, 2019

At a time when Zimbabwe is grappling with a myriad of challenges among them “the worst economic crisis since the 2017 coup which unseated (former) President Robert Mugabe,” leaders from various Christian denominations in the landlocked Southern Africa nation are calling for a seven-year suspension of politicking in what they have termed “a Sabbath on all political contestation” aimed at rebuilding trust and confidence among Zimbabweans.

Facilitators at the regional and diocesan sensitization programme on the constitutional referendum in Ghana on October 4, 2019 / Damian Avevor

Church in Ghana Pledges Support for Civic Education Ahead of Constitutional Referendum

Oct 9, 2019

As the countdown to Ghana’s referendum draws to a close, the Catholic Bishops in the West African country are prioritizing civic education, which they consider significant in having the citizens make an informed decision at the ballot.