The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Catholic Bishop Calls for Selfless Leaders

CATHOLIC arch Bishop Zacchaeus Okoth has said extensive civic education is necessary to help Kenyans elect a new breed of selfless leadership in the forthcoming general election.

"We can only do this by joining hands together in vetting aspiring leaders based on their past records," added the Bishop who is also the chairman of justice and peace commission in Kenya.

Arch Bishop told the Forum for Alternative leadership Nyanza - in Kisumu that maintaining the status quo will inhibit the future prosperity of the country and asked Kenyans to refrain from the tradition of electing leaders based on tribal leanings saying the vice has continued to de derail development in the country.

"Leaders are made by God and not self imposed irrespective of where they originate from,"said Okoth adding that it's high time Kenya gets an new change new philosophy of life.

He also challenged politicians to preach peace ahead of the forthcoming general elections in a bid to avert the repeat of the disputed 2007 presidential elections.

Okoth said his church has mounted an aggressive campaign countrywide in a bid to preach peace to the voters before the general elections adding that the exercise will also be replicated to all aspiring politicians.

"The Catholic church is using the parishes to initiate peace in the country before the country goes to the ballot box,"said Okoth adding that politicians should embrace the same.

He regretted the recent violence that rocked some parts of the country after the parties' primaries arguing that it was aligned towards clamor for political dominance than creating enabling leadership to the country.

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