Mombasa Archbishop calls for peaceful elections

Mombasa Archbishop Martin Kivuva flanked by other priests at the Holy Ghost Cathedral./COURTESY

The Catholic church has called on Kenyans to maintain peace during and after the Tuesday general elections.

Speaking a Holy Ghost Cathedral in Mombasa on Sunday, Mombasa Archbishop Most Reverent Martin Kivuva urged Kenyans to ensure peace and security during the elections.

The Archbishop also called on Kenyans to come out in large numbers on Tuesday to vote.

“Voting is not only a right, it also allows us to demand leadership and service delivery. We in this way contribute to making our country a better place by determining the qualities of our leaders,” said Archbishop Martin Kivuva.

Kivuva, who also Chairs the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged leaders to be measured in expressing their emotions of victory or defeat.

He cautioned leaders against making provocative utterances that will incite people and urged Kenyans to be patient while waiting for the elections results from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“While parties have a right to run parallel tallying centres, we wish to remind all that the official tallying agency remains IEBC,” Archbishop Kivuva said.

He also called on the youth to come out in large numbers and vote, and not to let anyone manipulate their choices.

The Church has been holding three-days special prayers (Triduum) for the Tuesday general elections.