The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Elect Leaders of Integrity - Bishop

A bishop has urged residents of Kiambu to vote for leaders with integrity regardless of they party they belong. Anglican Church of Kenya Mt Kenya South Bishop Timothy Ranji said this yesterday at the ACK St James Cathedral in Kiambu during the retirement ceremony of cathedral vicar general Paul Karanja.

He said voters should not be swayed by the party they are in however popular it is.saying that Kiambu people should not be misled by voting in a person who will not lead the county well due to the popularity of the party they are representing.

"Kiambu people I warn you to look into the personality and integrity which each aspirant has and not be cowed by popularity of the parties they are representing,"said Ranji.Ranji said that the party might be popular in Kiambu but it can be used to elect in bad leaders and kiambu people should be wise in who they are going to vote in to lead the county.

The bishop said that Kiambu county needs a good manager who will transform it to glory and be an example for others to follow and the policies and manifestos represented should focus on the people of Kiambu."We need to look into the policies and manifestos which are represented by the aspirants and vet them according to how they will represent the people in the county,"said Bishop.

He said that the county has in the past had leaders who did not represent the people hence the county lagging behind and it was a high time that people changed and elect good leaders.Ranji added that the country needed peace and everybody should pray for the nation and especially during this campaign times and called upon all aspirants to maintain and preach peace and avoid confronting one another.

"Aspirants should watch out while campaigning from mudslinging one another and should sell their policies and manifestos to the people as we do not want violence like the one witnessed during the elections of party officials in Kiambu,"said Ranji.Ranji however urged people to come out during elections next year and vote in good leaders who will bring good governance to the county and be warned of leaders who are out only to capture seats for their own interests.

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