The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Send Your Opponent New Year Greetings, Catholic Priest Tells Politicians

A Catholic priest yesterday challenged politicians to use any available means of communication to exchange notes with their opponents ahead of March 4, polls.

Father Saverius Erobot of Amukura parish said constant communication by politicians will reduce tension and acrimony that is synonymous to electioneering years.

"Let our politicians be generous and start by sending each other New Year greetings through text messages, email, chat or face book. Wishing your competitor well reflects your genuineness and will ease tension among supporters," he said while ushering in the New Year at Amukura parish church.

The priest said some post election violence victims are still languishing in prison, thus the need by politicians to show the way.

He told them to put God first even as they seek elective seats since this will help create a sense of unity unlike 2007 when brothers fought each other over power.

Meanwhile, while ushering in the new year at St Thomas Church in Amagoro Bishop Zakayo Epus asked wananchi and politicians to seek divine intervention for a peaceful election.

He said the country cannot afford another post election violence saying we are yet to recover from the last one's effects.

He told residents to resist politicians who attempt to bribe them for their vote.

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