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Kenya is not Prepared for the 2022 General elections, clerics say

Religious leaders have sounded a warning, saying the country is not ready for the general election.

The clergy warned of a possible repeat of post-poll chaos in August

A two-day meeting of clerics in Nairobi on Thursday resolved to call Kenyans to prayer and fasting so God intervenes and safeguards the lives and well-being of all citizens.

“The convocation is deeply concerned that the nation is not ready for the elections.”

“Corruption, impunity, lawlessness, insults and incitement to violence are happening with abandon and Kenyans are sinking into despair and desperation,” the clerics said in a statement after the meeting.

The meeting at Ufungamano House in Westlands brought together representatives from the hindu council of Kenya, supreme council of Kenya muslims, seventh day adventists church, organisation of african instituted churches, evangelical alliance of Kenya, national muslim leaders forum, national council of churches of Kenya and the Kenya conference of catholic bishops.

“It is a great pain for Kenyans that political leaders have deliberately neglected to address the issues of electoral justice which exposes the nation to a repeat of the crisis witnessed in the past,” the clerics said.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) has formally set August 9, 2022 as the day of the general election.

The Religious leaders also raised concerns with electoral laws, some of which are pending in Parliament.

They cited the the Campaign Financing (Amendment) Bill 2020 and Political Party Primaries Bill which are yet to be dealt with.

The clerics also decried lack of civic and voter education saying it was the weakest link in the country’s democratisation process. They said lack of information was fueling voter apathy.

They want more young people enlisted as voters and sensitised so ‘they don’t abscond elections or vote for the rich instead of qualified candidates’.

Pan African Forum Ltd Chairperson Dr. Matsanga David is on record calling for postponement of the 2022 General elections until proper electoral reforms are done.

The Conflict Resolution expert also says Kenya should follow one rule of Political science of FATIGUE EVALUATION that will save it from the cocktail of disaster after the intended August 2022 Elections.

Source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/

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