AFRICA/KENYA - Religious leaders denounce the terrorist attacks and banditism to prevent the people from voting

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 politics   elections  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "We are convinced that these attacks, though masquerading as terrorism or banditry, may actually be orchestrated criminality aimed at displacing populations so that they don’t participate in the 2017 General Elections", denounce the religious leaders of Kenya in a press conference dedicated to the climate lived in the Country on the eve of the August 8th elections.
The recent terrorist attacks attributed to Somali Shabaabs in Lamu (nine people died plus another five during an attempt on behalf of the police to release some hostages) and bandit attacks in Baringo and Laikipia have increased the tension in the Country. Mindful of the violence that hit Kenya in the contested elections in 2007, local religious leaders call on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to publish the voters register as required by the constitution and noted that the longer the commission takes before publishing the register the more the doubts are cast on its credibility.
"The primary cause of discord after the 2007 General Elections was the delay in the announcement of the results of the presidential poll", recalls a statement of the religious leaders from different faiths in Kenya, signed by His Exc. Mgr.Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir, Bishop of Eldoret and Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic "Justice and Peace" Commission.
His Exc. Mgr. Zacchaeus Okoth, Archbishop of Kisumu and His Exc. Mgr., Joseph Obanyi Sagwe, Bishop of Kakamega, and President of the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications were also present at the press conference. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 18/7/2017)