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Stop attacking judiciary, political leaders told

The Kakamega Catholic Diocese Bishop Joseph Obanyi has urged elected leaders to stop attacking the judiciary over their court verdicts.

Speaking during the celebration of Holy mass at Busia Catholic church on Sunday, Obanyi said that the practice does not portray democracy.

“Attacking judges because they have ruled against our wishes is not good,” he said adding that leaders should embrace respect which is a sign of maturity.

He urged Kenyans to have integrity and fight corruption which is the greatest challenge in the country.

The official at the same time urged Kenyans to strive to be self-reliant instead of relying on foreign support.

Obanyi further said that constitutional amendments should wait until after the 2022 General elections.

“It appears that people are now looking at 2022 elections, and our question is, is it the right time to have constitutional changes,” he said.

He argued that those pushing for constitutional amendments are self-centered people seeking for what will help their selfish egos.

“Kenyans are seeking for amendments that will help them in many years beyond 2022,” he said adding that changes that can be handled by parliament should however not wait for referendum.

The official singled out the appointment of IEBC Commissioners and the electoral laws as issues that need to be addressed urgently.

“What we have witnessed in a few by elections this year have revealed that there are challenges with the electoral laws,” he said.

The cleric at the same time urged the government to resolve the stalemate with USAID with a view to release ARV drugs to patients

“If these drugs are not released, patients will be exposed to danger,” he said adding that the government should address the issue so that the affected Kenyans are not left to suffer. If it is corruption that is causing the delay, then the government should also look into that.

Obanyi further urged the local residents to continue adhering to the COVID-19 protocols adding that the virus is currently wide spread in the community than ever before.

By Salome Alwanda

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