11 November 2012

Kenya: Stay Committed to Peace, Mudavadi Tells Church

Eldoret — Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has urged church leaders to offer guidance in the current political competition and tell Kenyans the truth about electing the right leader based on what is good for Kenya at this time.

He said the church has a duty to play an active role in the electoral process, be the good Sheppard and lead the country in the direction that ensures "we remain cohesive, peaceful and united before and after the elections".

"Carry the prophecy to the hills and valleys of Kenya that we must do it right this time round. Do not shy from telling us when we are doing Wrong," he urged.

Speaking to evangelical Bishops and Pastors from North Rift in Eldoret on Saturday evening, Mudavadi cautioned the church and religious leaders against pretence that all is well and allow things to go the wrong way again like in 2007.

"Tell the people they have a right to make decisions in this election, but educate them on how to make the right decision on whom to vote for. Encourage them to register when registration begins and continue to tell Kenyans to pray for peace," he said.

He pleaded with the church to "just be consistent and deliver the messages until the people understand because if you allow things to go wrong again it will be very hard to correct later," he told the pastors.

He was accompanied by his allies in the United Democratic Forum (UDF) party MPs Nderitu Muriithi, Jeremiah Kioni, George Nyamweya, George Khaniri and Justus Kizito.

"Let us not delude ourselves that it does not matter what we do in Kenya. The world is watching. I do not wish Kenya to undergo the economic sanctions that we experienced in the 1990s,"

The MPs noted Kenyans are moving backwards into tribes instead of moving forward to be Kenyans saying the trend is worrying for the future of the country.

"Our people are getting lost; guide them with the voice of reason so that we remain united to face the challenges ahead as one nation and stop sliding back to tribal groupings that pose threats to national stability," said Muriithi.

Mudavadi told the preachers to speak loudly against the dangers the country is staring in the face by electing the wrong leaders because of being intimidated with money and ethnic inclinations.

"Remember that if there will no peace in the country, there will be nobody to preach to also. Guide the worshipers towards the right direction without being influenced by money, emerging tribal alliances and gathering political waves. Stand firm on the truth and put the Country first," he emphasised.

"Let us not delude ourselves that it does not matter what we do in Kenya. The world is watching. I do not wish Kenya to undergo the economic sanctions that we experienced in the 1990s," he said warning that it was humiliating for him as finance minister at that time to carry a begging bowl from country to country being insulted.

"As a leader, I cannot wish this country that experience again. The country is more important than me and others," he said.

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