Religious leaders in Kisumu County have called upon residents to maintain peace ahead of the forthcoming polls.
Together with like minded organizations, National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has expressed solidarity in pursuit for peaceful general election.
Speaking to the media in Kisumu, Nyanza Regional NCCK Chairman Bishop David Kodia noted that maintaining peace is a personal responsibility.
Each and every region, political party, must adhere to the fundamental value of not only making peace but also securing it for our futureBishop Kodia
“If we want peace, we must work for it and restrain from senseless talks,” he said.
According to Kodia before the elections, the residents had coexisted as a family, stressing the need to remain so.
“We do not want election to be a cause of hostility amongst us in this region,” furthered Kodia.
He also called upon the residents to exercise restrain even when provoked as a way of maintaining dignity and sense of purpose.
He went ahead state; “Each and every region, political party, must adhere to the fundamental value of not only making peace but also securing it for our future.”
These are our people, our children, and we must talk to them so that swift talking is not a justification for violenceKodia
Kodia appealed to politicians not to scuttle the unity and purpose of the region.
“These are our people, our children, and we must talk to them so that swift talking is not a justification for violence,” added the chair.
Kodia urged the youths not to be deterred by elections and loose focus of the real challenges that affect the society like economic and social issues.