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State urged to end violence

Publication Date: 12/7/2007

The Government has been asked to move fast and quell the rising wave of violence in the country. 

Co-chairmen of Ufungamano Initiative Bishop Gideon Ireri of Anglican Church (right) and Mr Rashmin Chitnis of Hindu Council of Kenya at the press conference in Nairobi, yesterday. Photo/BONIFACE KABUGA

A section of religious leaders meeting under the auspices of the faiths- led Ufungamano Initiative said it was disturbing that many people suffered, especially in Mt Elgon and Kuresoi areas, as the Government watched. 

“This should not be allowed to continue…The State must therefore act now to protect the lives and property of all the people,” said Bishop Gideon Ireri of the Mbeere dioceses of the Anglican Church of Kenya at a news conference in Nairobi Thursday. 

Guaranteed their rights

He added: “It is a failure on the part of the Government if people cannot be guaranteed their rights to participate in the December 27 polls.”

The group also condemned violence against women aspirants and urged law enforcement agencies to protect them. 

Also saddening was the fact that the killers of a woman aspirant recently in Nairobi had not been traced. 

They also took issue with the increased cases of voter bribery. 

The leaders said aspirants were spending millions of shillings to bribe voters. 

Indeed, a recent report by the Coalition for Accountable Political Party Financing (CAPF) indicated that more than Sh900 million was spent by different aspirants to grease the hands of potential voters in their quest to win nomination.

 It said more funds — in excess of Sh890 million — would be used by civic and Parliament candidates.

Mr Rashmin Chitnis of the Hindu Council of Kenya also condemned the vice. “No wonder the nominations by the major political parties were a complete fiasco,” he told a news conference in Nairobi.

Present at the Ufungamano group news conference were officials from the ACK, the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and the Kenya Episcopal Conference – Justice and Peace Commission. Others present were the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Organisation of Africa Institute Churches and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. 

The leaders said the signing of the controversial MoU between ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga and the National Muslim Leaders Forum, was an affront to the people of Kenya and the constitutional order. 

They said that Kenyans were governed by one constitution equally and there was therefore no reason to sign the document.

And they pledged not to support any presidential candidate but will continue agitating for good governance. 

Elsewhere, Muslims leaders demanded the sacking of Internal Security minister John Michuki and police commissioner Hussein Ali over rising insecurity.

The Muslims Human Rights Forum and National Muslims Forum (Namlef) accused Mr Michuki and Maj-Gen Ali of dereliction of duty.


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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.


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