The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2014

Kenya: Boycott Cord Rally, Mt Kenya Bishop Tells Youth

A Mt Kenya cleric has urged the youth to avoid the much hyped Saba Saba Rally on Monday. Bishop Joseph Kagunda of ACK Diocese Mt Kenya West said the rally might turn chaotic, injuring people.

Speaking while opening a business plaza in Nanyuki town yesterday, he urged political leaders to seek other ways of solving their differences.

Kagunda condemned the mass action being called for by Cord, saying there are institutions that can handle the deadlock. "A lot of youths are jobless and might be ready to be engaged into such demonstrations so that they can receive handouts. We want to urge and appeal to them to keep off," he said.

Laikipia county TNA chairman Christopher Maitho, businessmen David Njenga and John Wakaba have also faulted the rally. They said employees who will boycott work to attend the rally should be sacked.

Kagunda said he organised a meeting with commercial sex workers and urged them to engage in other meaningful ways of earning a living.

"You can see how desperate people are. The 138 commercial sex workers could hear none of our pleas. So let the youth who are employed work," he said.

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