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Religious leaders in Embu hold prayer meeting with aspiring candidates

Religious leaders from different denominations across Embu County on Wednesday held a prayer service with aspiring candidates calling for peace ahead of the August 9 general election.

Messages of love, unity and peace dominated the service conducted by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru of Roman Catholic Diocese of Embu, as well as speeches delivered by tens of aspiring politicians of various seats in the county.

The inter-faith prayer meeting held at Mbeere ACK Cathedral was the first one targeting candidates in the lower part of Embu comprising Mbeere South and North Sub-counties, with the second one slated for May 31 covering the remaining Sub-counties of Runyenjes, Manyatta and Embu West.  

In his sermon, Bishop Kariuki emphasized on the need for all candidates to be peace ambassadors in their campaigns to avoid sinking the county and country at large in the abyss of electoral and political violence.

Echoing his sentiments after the service, ACK Diocese of Mbeere Bishop Rev. Moses Masamba who also doubles as the Embu County Ecumenical Forum Chair stressed that peace remained the overriding priority in a bid to build a cohesive and united country.

 This then, he said, called for political candidates to observe the highest level of responsibility and civility in their campaign trails to ensure the county remains united after the August polls.

Bishop Njeru Nyaga called on voters to shun the culture of handouts and instead elect leaders with proven track records of development.

 He at the same time called for women running for election to be respected and given an equal chance to sell their policies to the electorate just like their male counterparts.

The bishop regretted that many are times that women aspirants have been harassed, abused and intimidated both in person and online.

 The cleric also called on those running for the presidential seats, especially the two front-runners, Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, to consider nominating women for the post of DP.

Leaders present hailed the initiative by the church in the county of pushing for peaceful and issue-based campaigns and elections.

We are happy with the role that the church in Embu is playing to bring all candidates on board and preach messages of peace,” said senatorial aspirant Lilian Mbogo Omollo who is vying on a Jubilee Party ticket.

A section of political candidates in Embu being prayed for at Mbeere ACK Cathedral during an inter-denomination service held to pray for peace ahead of August polls

 

Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire who is eyeing the Governor seat on a UDA ticket said all efforts must be made by all Kenyans in ensuring that the country does not slip back into chaos on account of politics.

“We don’t want to see bloodshed on account of politics and we must remember that beyond August 9, there will be Kenya and there is nowhere else anyone is going to go,” the MP said.

 

Source:KNA

 

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