The National Council of Churches of Kenya Coast Chapter has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate a process of appointment of IEBC commissioners saying the country is not ready for the 2022 general elections.
Speaking to the media in Mombasa on Thursday, NCCK Coast region Retired Rev Dr. Lawrence Dena said there is a need for the government to strengthen the electoral body as the country heads into the 202 general elections.
The faithful further added that learning from the report of Justice Johan Kriegler in 2008, the country needs to avoid electoral reforms including the reconstitution of IEBC less than a year to the elections.
“The country is not ready for the 2022 general elections and the upcoming referendum. This is due to the chaotic by-elections held recently,” said the clergy.
He further asked Kenyans to reject politicians with a tendency of engaging in foul language or violence.
Rev Dena urged religious leaders to strictly maintain the integrity and sanctity of places of worship by blocking politicians politicking on the pulpit.
“We are deeply concerned about the rising trend of defilement of places of worship by the political class. The committee takes cognizance that the primary mandate of faith leaders is spiritual nurture of the people regardless of their status in society,” said the faithful.
He also noted that the country is currently witnessing a trend of the weakening of the family unit.
Said Rev Dena “We need to do all we can to reverse it knowing that healthy families are the bedrock of a sustainable society”
The faithful add that the amendment of the constitution is a crucial process in which all Kenyans should participate.
According to him, all citizens should be facilitated to read and understand the provisions and the implications of the Constitution of Kenyan Amendment Bill 2020.
“The referendum should not be driven on the basis of the opinions of politicians but should be based on the informed decisions of the citizens. We encourage Kenyans to deliberately take time to read the bill and also attend civic education forums,” said Rev Dena.
Dr. Dena pointed out that NCCK is implementing a Civic Education Program that entails sessions in the region.
He also notes that there has been an upsurge of various forms of violence including; sexual gender-based violence, marital violence and child abuse that has led to high numbers of teenage pregnancies coupled with teenage and youth delinquency.
Dr Dena called on religious leaders to partner with government and non-state actors to put in place programs to deliver wholesome Family Life Education.
He expressed concern on the discussions on the expected referendum and the 2022 general elections.
“In the meantime service delivery by both the national government and county governments has seriously deteriorated. The residents in our counties are suffering, said the NCCK Coast region chair.
The regional committee consists of clergy drawn from the six counties of the coast region including Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Tana River.