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Why elders should lead in peace initiatives for the coming General Elections

By Kariuki Gathuitu | October 10th 2016

One of the most poignant images of 2007/8 election violence is of an old woman crying as a building nearby burns. It is a reminder that, like the proverbial rat trap, elections affect all of us.

As the nation is gearing up for elections next year, there is fear that chaos could occur.

We need elders to spearhead peace initiatives. From the Biblical times, elders have been portrayed as a source of wisdom.

Elders should be wary of taking sides. Their respect should not be up for sale to the highest bidder as their influence is invaluable.

We expect the politicians to lie and even promise Canaan as they hunt for votes. The elders on the other hand, like the church, are held on a higher pedestal.

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