Clerics wants referendum and General Elections held in 2022

The Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal Churches governing council during a press briefing in Nairobi on Friday./COURTESY

Religious leaders have called on political class to consider having referendum exercise conducted concurrently with 2022 general election.

At a media briefing in Nairobi the President of the Governing Council of the National Congress of Pentecostal churches Dr. Stanley Michuki, said that it is incorrect to conduct a referendum so close to the general election.

He insisted that holding the two monumental exercises closely will elicit political tensions which are unhealthy to the nation.

“Any referendum now will be too close to the general elections, it will be like holding two general elections,” Dr Michuki said.

“Between now and 2022 general elections, let us all work towards, uniting the country and healing the nation,” he added

He also cautioned leaders against launching onslaught against top government officials and failing to uphold decency in their language indicating that president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto must be accorded the respect they deserve.

Dr Michuki warned that the use of abusive language by some leaders is detrimental to the unity of the nation.

There has been uproar after Emurua Dikkir legislator Johanna Ngeno and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi who allegedly used strong worded language against former first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

The turmoil prompted many leaders including women legislators to pressure the duo to apologize.

Consequently, Dr Michuki urged the senate leadership to hasten the revenue allocation formula to avert looming cash crunch and operations crises in the counties.