Religious leaders demand accountability from elected leaders

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National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) in collaboration with USAID have launched an initiative aimed at promoting peace and accountability among the elected leaders, ahead of the general election.

The initiative dubbed, ‘Narok We Want’ is a people driven document that aims at promoting cohesion and integration among the residents as well as promoting development in the county.

The launch held at a Narok hotel Tuesday brought together political aspirants, church leaders, civil society groups and Narok residents who agreed to develop the county.

Narok Inter-Faith Chairman Bishop Peter Nakola reiterated the public participation was to inform people what the document entails so that they can lead a peaceful election and therefore make the elected leaders accountable.

The document contains nine points that include land reforms, equity of resources, peace and security, services delivery, among others issues.

“We know that the leaders have different manifestos but we want those who will win various seats to adopt the policies because it has the input of all the people regardless of their tribe, races or religious background,” he said.

On the election credibility, the religious leaders advised the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati and Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti to solve issues surrounding elections stickers in an amicable way, instead of putting Kenyans in an awkward situation.

Bishop Nakola said the two officers should stop involving politicians when trying to come up with the solutions of the election materials that were intercepted at JKIA from Venezuelans.

Bishop John Mpurkoi of Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Narok church asked the people to exercise peace before and after elections.

He also revealed that they will conduct prayers on August 6 for a peaceful election and have invited all the candidates at William Ole Ntimama stadium.

“Soon after the elections, we will organize another prayer meeting so that we can unite the winners with those lost in various seats and forge ahead as the county,” said Mpurkoi.

At the same time, Narok county commissioner Isaac Masinde called on all the candidates to be peace ambassadors ahead of August 9 polls.

He assured all the people and politicians that elections will be peaceful and urged them to allow various arms of the government to do their work without interference.

By Ann Salaton

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