CITAM presiding Bishop David Oginde has asked political leaders to engage in politics that will bring about peace and not division.
Speaking during the launch of the final BBI report at Bomas of Kenya, Oginde said the blotch on Kenya’s politics was the undue politicizing of matters even when they were clearly in the interest of the people.
“Even a very important matter as constitution-making gets shrouded in political intrigues. I want to plead with our political leaders, please allow the current process to objectively lay a foundation for the future of this nation,” said Oginde.
The CITAM bishop also asked the two polarising camps of the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto to cease their different campaigns of Reggae and “hustler” narrative and come together in one dance.
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Oginde reminded Kenyans that political factions are volatile and change at any moment pointing to the drastic change that can be seen in political factions within the Jubilee Party and the handshake between President Uhuru and Raila Odinga.
“It’s most unfortunate the politics of our nation is based upon divide and rule. Politicians somehow believe that the only way to somehow succeed is to divide us into dichotomous categories of us versus them yet political interest shifts rapidly,” said the Bishop.
Emphasizing on the same point the Bishop prophesied that it will not be a shock to see the Deputy President and ODM leader together before 2020.
“In fact, I want to prophesy that it won’t be a surprise before 2020 that Dr William Ruto and Honourable Raila Odinga will be on the same side.”
He reminded Kenyans that no nation has ever been great through division.
“Remember that the laws you make today will tie your hands and feet tomorrow. The liberties you take away today will imprison you tomorrow.”
Ogide’s words echo those of speakers who came before and after him who called for a Kenya that brings all people on board, embraces diversity and does not engage in violence that comes after every election.