Religious leaders in the Coastal region have asked politicians to end early political campaigns ahead of 2022 polls and concentrate on ways to revive the country’s economy that has been much affected by Covid-19 pandemic.
The leaders express their concerns in the rising political temperatures which it said threatens to tear the country apart at the time the government is grappling with containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are disappointed that our political leaders have not been visible and loud enough in their efforts to revive the country’s economy impacted by Covid -19, instead they are busy politicking ahead of 2022 campaigns for their own selfish gains, we are warning them that they should concentrate on issues affecting common Mwananchi like this covid 19 pandemic,’’said Bishop Joseph Maisha.
The leaders spoke at Ushindi Baptist church in Likoni during the launch of Breakthrough University at the church where six senior bishops in Mombasa were honored for their work of spreading the word of God.The University will have at least five centers in the region, the leaders said.
Rev. Maisha who doubles as the Coast Region Council of Bishops Chairperson urged Kenyans not to allow themselves to be used by politicians who show signs that their primary interest is greed for power saying the politicians should stop engaging in premature campaigns and making utterances that could plunge the country into violence.
“We express our collective outrage at the rising political temperatures in the country. We are concerned and we want to tell the politicians to go slow and stop confusing the local mwananchi. It is only God who appoints through leaders, ’he said.
The man of cloth also urged President Uhuru to ease COVID-19 restrictions in Nairobi and the counties of Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru. Kenyan authorities closed off the counties following a surge of Coronavirus cases.
Rev. Maisha of the Ushindi Baptist Church said the new raft of measures imposed are stricter and have affected the country’s economy.