Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "We note with appreciation, the relatively peaceful manner in which campaigns have been conducted. We urge all the candidates to continue conducting themselves with decorum and sobriety in the remaining stretch of the campaigns, in order to achieve cohesion and National integration", write the Bishops of Kenya, in the message with which the announce a Prayer of the Novena for Peaceful Elections on August 8th. The Novena, which is held in all parishes of the Kenyan dioceses, started yesterday, Sunday, July 30, and ends on the evening of August 7th.
The Bishops appeal to youth "to restrain themselves from violence and instead be the agents of peace. We exhort them to uphold to the culture of peace and engage in activities of peace-building".
The media are asked to "remain objective in helping to create a peaceful environment and promote the culture of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation".
The Bishops' Conference recognize the achievements so far made by the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) under the circumstances and appeal to the entire Country to accord IEBC all the support it needs to discharge its constitutional mandate. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 31/7/2017)