The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kikuyu Elders Pray for Peace At Uhuru Park

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta share a light moment (file photo).

A group of Kikuyu elders have warned that if the rising political temperatures go unchecked, the country is likely to degenerate into chaos.

The elders made the statement after conducting a prayer tour of Uhuru Park Friday morning. Although the elders said their prayers are not in any way a precursor to the planned Cord Saba Saba rally slated for July 7, they called on leaders to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.

The elders further urged the leaders to avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 post poll chaos that left over 1000 people dead and displaced over 500,000 people.

"The country is at crossroads. We must pray for this country because as it looks, we are headed to a dangerous ethnic and political violence," the elders said.

The elders were accompanied by another group called the Kenya Women for Peace group that said they will lobby women parliamentarians to push for peace building in the country.

The prayers come ahead of a planned rally by Cord dubbed Saba Saba which they have described as a public consultative forum where they will be collecting views from Kenyans on how to solve a myriad of problems engulfing the country.

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