Clergymen call for dialogue over election laws

Clergymen call for dialogue over election laws

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Conference of Catholic Bishops chairman Rt Rev Philip Anyolo and Archbishop Martin Kivuva(center) address journalists in Nairobi.PHOTO:FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Church leaders have continued to voice their concern over the recent standoff between opposition and the Government over amendments made on election laws.

The clergymen now want Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and the ruling Jubilee to hold a dialogue to iron out the contentious issues of the law to avoid dividing the country as the 2017 polls nears.

Speaking during Christmas celebrations on Sunday, Mombasa Catholic Diocese Archbishop Martin Kivuva said there is need for the two sides to come together and amicably settle their differences.

‘’ As the church we would like to see a peaceful Kenya especially this period that the country is preparing for the General elections.Its therefore important for our leaders to come together,’’ he said.

Kivuva also urged president Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law the amendments in order to give room for consultations from other parties.

‘’Our stand is that the President should wait before signing the amendments.This will give room for the committee that was mandated to make changes to the election law, to make a review on the contentious parts,’’ he added.

This come as the opposition leader Raila Odinga warns that the coalition will hold a mass protest starting January 4th should the President sign into law the amendments.