Bishop Faults Uhuru On Post Election Violence Remarks
Eldoret Bishop Cornelius Korir has faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for blaming Opposition Chief Raila Odinga for the 2007/2008 post election violence.
Bishop Korir said the remarks were unfortunate and might may fuel mayhem as the country heads to the August 8, polls.
The Cleric said it is wise for leaders to unite the nation instead of engaging in blame game over sensitive issues that may plunge the country into violence.
Speaking in Sing’ore Girls High School, Elgeyo Marakwet County after a thanksgiving mass on Friday, Korir called on politicians to base their campaign agenda on their development manifestos and avoid remarks, which might cause chaos during and after the August polls.
“The political rhetoric we currently see in the country is retrogressive. Let development issues be the agenda of what we tell Kenyans,” he said.
He said the country was the brink of civil war in 2007/8 and reminding affected Kenyans may spark revenge among communities.
On the Kerio Valley banditry attacks, Korir who has been spearheading peace efforts in the region said only dialogue will end the persistent attacks.
The cleric said the two communities have agreed to dialogue to end the gun battles that led to the killing of 75 people in less than a year in Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties.
He said he has already held meetings with members of the Marakwet community, but yet to meet members of the Pokot community after they failed to turn up for the peace meeting fearing for their lives.
“I must thank the two communities for agreeing to dialogue, except that one group did not show up due to fears of insecurity,” he said.
He continued: “We can’t solve this problem using the gun. We can’t spearhead peace without dialogue,” he said, calling on local leaders to support efforts to restore peace in the volatile Kerio Valley belt.
Korir asked local leaders to initiate development projects to mitigate drought, saying the communities have been fighting over scarce pasture and water.
“Also ensure that you build more schools because it is difficult to negotiate with illiterate people,” he urged the leaders.