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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Kenyan bishops urge politicians to participate in pre-election dialogue

Kenya’s bishops called on opposing parties to agree to dialogue to ensure a free and fair presidential election on 26th October.

Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the 8th August election because of irregularities, and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission invited the parties to the dialogue.

The bishops called upon the involved political parties Jubilee of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Super Alliance of Raila Odinga to ‘urgently agree to IEBC’s invitation to dialogue and chart the way forward with the aim of holding free, fair and credible presidential elections’. In nullifying the election, the Supreme Court said it had not found any deliberate rigging of results, but it did express concern that the IEBC did not open its computer servers to the court.

‘The dialogue will pre-empt imminent conflict and violence that is being fanned and organised by both Jubilee and NASA politicians,’ the bishops said in a statement read at a 26th September news conference.

Picture: Demonstrators from a civil society group hold a banner on 13th September in Nairobi, Kenya, as they call for the prosecution of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission commissioners and over the August presidential election. (CNS photo/Baz Ratner, Reuters).