FAIR COMPETITION

Don't incite people to violence, church tells politicians

The say they have included the National Police Service to help preach peace

In Summary
  • Bishop Erastus Njoroge of Foursquare Gospel Church spoke during the launch of a peace caravan at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nyeri town.
  • The caravan is slated to take three days with the climax taking place at Whispers Park in Nyeri town on Wednesday.
Church leaders at a past event.
Church leaders at a past event.
Image: BENJAMIN NYAGAH

The church has asked politicians to select their words carefully when campaigning and avoid using words that may cause division or instigate violence among Kenyans.

Bishop Erastus Njoroge of Foursquare Gospel Church said they should instead use words that will foster peace.

“They should do it knowing that we are the people who will vote for them. We are telling them not to threaten each other,” he said.

The bishop said competing in an election does not mean people are enemies, saying Kenyans will still leave together even after the polls.

He spoke on Monday during the launch of a peace caravan at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nyeri town.

The caravan is slated to take three days with the climax taking place at Whispers Park in the same town on Wednesday.

The event has attracted bishops and pastors from various denominations in Nyeri county.

The peace caravan will move to all subcounties to pray for the country to have a peaceful election on August 9. 

Njoroge said they have also incorporated the National Police Service who will speak about peace during their stopovers in various towns in the county.

Bishop Paul Wanjohi of New Life church called on their followers to preach peace and treat other people as their equal.

“We should know that 80 per cent of Kenyans are Christians and it is one thing to say you are a Christian and another to live a Christian life. We want our members to live as Christians by preaching peace,” he said.

 

(edited by Amol Awuor)

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