AFRICA/KENYA - Bishop's warning: "The “drumbeats of war” are becoming louder as the country heads to the general elections"

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 violence   bishops  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "The inciting comments by politicians is a common phenomenon that occurs before tribal clashes erupt, we must stop that", said His Exc. Mgr. Cornelius Korir, Bishop of Eldoret and President of the Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission of Kenya, during a public meeting of the Electoral Observation Group (ECLOG) which is part of the Catholic Church, along with other religious and civil society groups.
Mgr. Korir gave voice to all ECLOG members who warn that drumbeats of war” are becoming louder as the country heads to the general elections next year.
The President of "Justice and Peace", stressed he had witnessed tribal-based violence since the 1990s and most of it was instigated by politicians. The Bishop also urged the youth not to accept handouts from politicians so as to vote in a certain manner and asked the media to broadcast news responsibly. In the violence that followed the presidential elections in late 2007, tens of thousands of people died and millions were forced to flee. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/02/2016)


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