Clergy urges CORD to stop anti-IEBC demos

Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
Former Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Eliud Wabukala during a past event. PHOTO: File

Members of the clergy, led by the outgoing ACK archbishop Eliud Wabukala and incoming ACK archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, have called upon the CORD coalition to stop IEBC demonstrations that have left about four people dead and scores others injured.

Speaking during the consecration service for the first Bishop of Kapsabet Diocese Paul Korir in Kapsabet Town, Wabukala said that solutions cannot be reached through demonstrations, adding that Kenya is a great country, and urged that the problems be fixed quickly.

He urged leaders not to put their political interests first, but to preach unity and cohesion across the political divide.

Wabukala maintained that, as a church, they are calling upon people to preach peace rather than engaging in activities that create animosity.

On his part, incoming ACK Archbishop Jackson Olesapit said that Kenyans should not allow competition in politics to destroy the prosperity of this country, and asked leaders to sober up and come to the negotiation table so as to find a solution to the issues.

The newly consecrated Kapsabet Bishop Paul Korir opined that the convener of the dialogue, which is the CORD coalition, should create a conducive environment for negotiations to take place, and urged political leaders to show respect and public decorum in their leadership.

Korir also urged the government to give a listening ear so as to find a lasting solution.

Nandi County Governor Cleophas Lagat, who was present at the function, echoed the sentiments saying that the opposition must stop polarizing the country. Lagat also urged the opposition to allow negotiations to take place in accordance with the law.

Other leaders present included Mosop MP Stephen Bittok, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat, Tinderet MP Cornelly Serem and Emgwen MP Alex Kosgei.

By Daniel Korir

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