KENYA: Church reaffirms stand on fresh polls

By NATION Correspondents

The church on Sunday reaffirmed its stand in calls for fresh elections, saying Kenyans had lost hope in their leaders.

The church leaders, however, clarified that the one million signatures
they intend to collect was to petition the former UN boss Kofi Annan to
hand over the envelope with names of poll chaos inciters to the
International Criminal Court.

Speaking after he led the Sunday service at All Saints Cathedral in
Nairobi, Mr Julius Wanyoike said Kenyans felt that the current leaders
were incapable of tackling impunity since many were implicated and
often interfere with cases.

The courts have many cases touching on governance and corruption which have been pending for almost nine years, he said

Mr Wanyoike said by only threatening to sack Cabinet ministers said to
be ineffective, President Kibaki was fire- fighting as a result of
having an inept government.

Let him (President), along with the Prime Minister, trim the Cabinet and its budget first, said the Anglican cleric.

Both President Kibaki and PM Raila Odinga have said any Cabinet minister implicated in corruption be shown the door.


This was after religious leaders, diplomats and civil society groups
mounted pressure on the government to act on the escalating scandals.

But elsewhere, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Agriculture minister
William Ruto rejected calls by the church for fresh elections.

The two, who spoke separately, reminded the National Council of
Churches of Kenya that the country needs to first heal from wounds
inflicted by the poll chaos before going for another election.

Mr Musyoka, who spoke in Nairobi, asked religious organisations to promote national healing.

Daily Nation

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