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Karatina university holds peace walk

Karatina University held a peace walk Friday to sensitize the public on the need to embrace peace during and after the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking at Karatina town, the University’s Vice Chancellor Prof Muchiri Muchai and Bishop Joseph Kagunda of Mt Kenya West Diocese of the ACK church called on Kenyans to live in harmony as the country braces for the August 9 election.

Prof. Muchiri who gave his key note speech during the flagging of “cohesion and integration peace walk: Kenya yenye amani: Jukumu langu” noted that Kenya is a country of diverse identities, politically and ideologically, adding that no country in the world could prosper economically without political stability.

 “Our rallying call is that we can derive strength from these diversities. Let us remember that we are one people under one nation, the great nation of Kenya. We should learn lessons from the past even as we go to the election of August 9. We need to preach peace again and again. All of us right from here in Karatina can preach and the whole country can appreciate the importance of peace. No country in the world can prosper economically without peace and stability. If we maintain peace during and after the election, we shall be able to conduct our daily economic activities without any hindrances,” he said.

The VC noted that Kenya is an economic powerhouse in East and Central Africa but in previous elections, Kenyans have engaged themselves in disruptive violence adding that this time round, Kenyans should get it right and give themselves a peaceful election unlike in previous election cycles.  

Bishop Kagunda appealed to the youths not allow politicians to use them to cause chaos in the country to enable Kenyans to live in harmony as the country braces for the August 9 general election. He also urged the politicians to preach peace to all the people whatever their background, race or tribes.

The cleric said the country should not be subjected to the events of previous elections where many Kenyans have been killed, maimed and others displaced.

“I beseech our youths to shun politicians who incite them to cause violence. You should not be influenced by the money given to you to cause chaos. Never should chaos or bloodshed be witnessed in an election. We need to maintain peace all the time,” he said.

“We don’t have another country. Kenya is our home and we should be built by unity not divisions,” added the Bishop Kagunda.


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