BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,20TH JUNE 2017-The catholic church has once again urged all towards the August 8th elections in the country to ensure credibility of all processes leading to the historic event.
In a statement read on their behalf by the Kenya conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) chair bishop Philip Anyolo on Tuesday 20th June,the bishops have called upon all candidates in the coming elections to ensure that they safeguard peace and unity of the country by ensuring that their utterances during the campaigns do not incite Kenyans against each other.
The Bishops also urged voters to be careful in electing political office bearers adding that the current challenges that are witnessed in the country such as corruption, poverty,high cost of living and unemployment was as a.result of bad leaders elected into office. They further said only sincere and honest leaders should be the ones been elected.
The catholic bishops have also urged the Independent Electoral and boundaries commission and other key stakeholders to ensure that all electoral processes are credible ,based on compliance to principles of article 81 of the constitution .which states that no more than two thirds of members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender ,fair representation of people with disabilities ,universal suffrage based on aspiration for fair representation and equality of votes.
The bishops have also decried rampant corruption in the country which they say has led to high cost of living and made it hard for the mwanachi to enjoy life.Despite calls from the church and civil society organizations little has been seen to be done.
The catholic church also raised concerns about actions that have been taken against the big names found to have misappropriated public funds.