The Catholic Bishops have moved in to quell rising political temperatures in the country perpetuated by the political class as the country gears up to the General Elections in nine days’ time.
They also cautioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to instill confidence on the validity of the general election not to precipitate a crisis in the country.
Addressing a press conference on behalf of other bishops, Nyeri catholic archbishop Anthony Muheria said that it’s important for the commission to explain to Kenyans steps they are taking to ensure the polls are free and fair.
“We want to urge the Chebukati led commission to explain to Kenyans their process from voting up to tallying in Nairobi so that Kenyans can belief and see polls without any shred of unfairness to candidates this will instill confidence among Kenyans who will then believe the outcome of this election that is free and fair,” he stated.
They warned politicians to tone down on their abuses against each other in public and conduct mature campaigns at a time a war of words between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto has taken center stage.
“Politicians should tone down their abuses at each other which unfortunately are growing louder day by day they should conduct themselves with decorum since we are not interested in their abuses but their development plans they should treat us with respect that we deserve as Kenyans,” he said.
He urged those who will lose to accept the outcome adding that by doing so they will safeguard the country from post elections chaos.
“Kenyans should reason wisely even if a politician comes and tell you that in the first days of their leadership the cost of living especially “unga” will be lowered you should at the back of your mind reason that it hard work by Kenyans that will lower costs not politicians, do not allow yourself to swallow cheap promises reinforced with cash but vote wisely,” Muheria stated.
He implored upon Kenyans to elect credible leaders who can account and at the same time work with them to spur development and foster harmony in the country.