12 February 2013

Kenya: Church to Remain Non Partisan in 2013 Elections

Nairobi — The Catholic Church will be non partisan in the forthcoming general elections, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth has said.

"This time round the entire leadership of the catholic church shall remain non-partisan in the forthcoming general elections because as a church we are interested in the unity of all Kenyans. We shall hold the Kenya's fabric together by our advisory role," said Archbishop Okoth, who is also the head of the Catholic bishop's commission on Peace and Justice.

The archbishop was speaking on Saturday 9 at Nyayo National Stadium during the launch of the 2013 Lenten campaign under the theme: United and peaceful Kenya- The change I want to see.

The Lenten campaign comes at a time when the country is less than a month away from the General Elections and in the wake of the highly contested 2007 General election that ended in violence and loss of lives and property.

Archbishop Okoth appealed to politicians to impress upon wananchi (Citizens) the need for peaceful elections "consider Kenya first as more important that your quest for leadership therefore take Kenya to heart and this time round, let Kenya not bleed. Kenya is bigger than any individual. We should seek a united and peaceful Kenya. Elections should not divide us anymore" said the archbishop.

"To achieve this goal of unity, there are three things that we must do as Kenyans, namely to accept, appreciate and respect the social, cultural and religious differences of individuals, groups and peoples," he underlined.

On the First week of Easter, the Catholic faithful will address themselves to the sub-theme: Our Security, My Responsibility; Second Week, General Election; Third Week, County Governance, Fourth Week, Reconciliation and Forgiveness while on the Fifth Week, they will address themselves to the sub-theme: The Child and the Family.

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