- Kilifi county Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) treasurer Shadrak Nduli said residents need to elect leaders with integrity and who care for their well-being.
- They called for surveillance to be extended to social media platforms, saying it will nip misinformation and disinformation.
Church leaders in Kilifi have asked for peaceful campaigns and credible elections.
They urged Kenyans to remain united in the run-up to the August general elections.
Speaking after unveiling a peace walk in Kilifi town on Tuesday, Evangelical Women Alliance chairlady Benika Andayi beseeched Kenyans to remain calm and sensible during the campaign period.
She urged politicians to be peace ambassadors and not hate mongers.
Andayi urged the electorate to avoid the temptation of being used as agents of violence during the electioneering period.
"It is important that we become more tolerant and learn to embrace the spirit of brotherhood. Elections should not be an issue of life and death as like the 2007 -2008 post-election violence," said Andayi, adding that what transpired in 2007 should be a thing of the past.
She said religious leaders have a big role to play as the agents of peace and reconciliation in ensuring that Kenya continues to be a prosperous nation.
Kilifi county Evangelical Alliance of Kenya treasurer Shadrak Nduli said residents need to elect leaders with integrity and who care for their well-being.
He said government machinery should be on high alert on politicians who might be planning to fuel hate speech that could lead to chaos and tensions.
"Politicians need to be aware that there is life beyond politics and we are calling on them to proceed with their campaigns peacefully, even our security agencies should be on high alert to avert any form of malpractices," Nduli said.
He called for surveillance to be extended to social media platforms, saying it will nip any misinformation and disinformation.
Kilifi county commissioner Kutswa Olaka said the government is keen to ensure calm prevails throughout the electioneering period.
The county commissioner said politicians have already been advised on how to handle themselves ahead of the August elections.
"Youths should desist from all forms of violence ahead of the election and politicians should also stop taking advantage of desperate youths by hiring them to perpetrate violence. Already some engagements have been going around between security personnel and the politicians," Olaka said.