Church leaders from Nandi County have urged area residents to always vote in credible leaders during elections.
Led by National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) North Rift region Chairman Rev Christopher Seurei, they said it was the high time for the clergy to stand firm and give directions on development and leadership issues in the county and the nation at large.
Speaking at St Barnabas Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Cathedral grounds in Kapsabet, Friday Rev. Seurei said religious leaders should stand in the gap as during Moses’s time to bring peace and joy to the citizens.
“Church leaders should step in and be involved in the leadership of the Nation and county to enhance equity in resource distribution so that people should not suffer,” he said.
Rev. Seurei said the church was a key player in initiating peace through advocacy and warning those bent on disrupting cohesion. “As clergy, we must ensure that the government does its role as stipulated in the constitution. All of us should avoid corruption that is eating our economy,” he stated.
The chairman regretted that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which was meant to unite the Nation had divided it into groups adding it was not people driven. “The current agitation on constitution change through BBI is polarizing and dividing the country,” he said.
The clergyman also called on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to play its role effectively by ensuring peace in the entire country. “You must undertake your mandate independently without discrimination,” he said.
On health, Seurei said health services provision in the county had been adversely affected by corruption, shortage of health personnel and limited drugs at health facilities and called on those charged with ensuring quality medical care to rise up to the occasion.
He stated that the outbreak of Covid 19 had caused economic stress among many families due to loss of jobs and closure of businesses thus urging Christians to support one another to make ends meet.
By Linet Wafula and Rebecah Makokha