Bishop Wainaina Calls For Ruto-Raila Dialogue

Catholic Diocese of Murang’a and Kirinyaga Bishop James Wainaina has called on President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga to soften their hard-line stands and agree to sit on a negotiating table.

Speaking in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga County during Palm Sunday celebrations, Wainaina condemned the destruction of property by protestors and excessive force used by Police

“Kenyans have witnessed destruction of properties, so many hurt, some innocent caught in the crossfire, others active participants in it. Some people have even lost their lives. The attack on private properties of the former president and Odinga is clearly a backlash, obviously meant to dissuade the former president from what he is being accused of rightly or wrongly as his role in funding anti-government demonstrations,” the Bishop said.

Bishop Wainaina argued that it is public effort to bring the warring parties together, first by the religious leaders then also by the high-ranking official of the US who visited Kenya a few days ago.

“The fact that the warring parties have continued to hold their hardline stances, these efforts notwithstanding makes many Kenyans feel a strong sense of hopelessness and this is coming from our elected leaders, and those who would have liked to be elected but were not,” he said.

The Murang’a and Kirinyaga Bishop appealed to Azimio leadership to rethink the demonstrations and to the government its manner of reaction to demonstration, saying it is possible to have protests without negative repercussions being witnessed in the country.

12,000 congregants celebrated Palm Sunday at the Kerugoya Stadium on Sunday.

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