Former Kenyan ambassador to Zambia Sophine Kombe together with religious leaders drawn from Kilifi County have urged political leaders to exercise restraint and embrace peaceful coexistence as the 2022 General Election nears.
The former envoy who also doubles as a religious leader noted that cases of violence are usually witnessed during the electioneering period.
She said supporters of politicians engage in fights due to differences in opinions.
Ambassador Sophine raised concern that previous trends of electioneering violence may recur should the politicians fail to be tolerant to each other.
The former envoy was speaking during a Kilifi County religious leaders dialogue she had convened in her Mtwapa township home, to engage the church leaders on how to preach the politics of tolerance in their churches.
“Politicians should embrace peaceful coexistence, we must be tolerant to divergent views and avoid violence,” Sophine said.
She insisted women want to see peace prevail before and after the polls to avert skirmishes. “Women and children normally fall victims of election skirmishes which should not be entertained,” she pointed out.
Sophine called on the parliamentary aspirants and their political parties during their campaign trail to uphold the peace noting that it is vital for the people to vote in a peaceful environment.
Speaking in the same forum, Jesus Celebration Centre Rev. William Meni, said peace is paramount ahead of the polls.
Meni argued the era of causing chaos and mayhem before and after polls is gone and that such incidents must be condemned.
He said the religious leaders want to see the forthcoming elections be conducted in a credible manner to avert post-election chaos.
Reverend Meni challenged religious leaders countrywide in their respective faiths to be on the forefront in championing for peace ahead of the polls.