Ahead of scheduled demonstrations by the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition, religious leaders from the Rift Valley region are calling for patience and a grace period for President William Ruto’s administration to settle down. The protests are seeking to address various issues, including reducing the cost of living. In a joint statement released on Sunday, Bishop Paul Korir of the ACK Kapsabet diocese and other clergy members urged opposition leader Raila Odinga and the Azimio One Kenya movement to allow the government at least one year to develop plans to tackle the problems facing Kenyans.
The clergy members noted that it is too early to call for mass action and that doing so may be seen as malicious. They made this statement during a prayer and thanksgiving ceremony held at the agricultural exhibition grounds in Kapsabet. During the ceremony, they committed to praying for President Ruto and his administration as they work to fight banditry and cattle rustling. Bishop Korir expressed hope that this administration would be able to wipe out these menaces in Kenya.
At the same event, Benjamin Kitur, the chairman of the Kalenjin Council of Elders (Myoot), called on Raila Odinga to give space to younger leaders. He also stated that the planned mass action organized by Odinga was destabilizing and should be avoided to allow for economic recovery in the country.
The religious leaders’ call for patience and dialogue comes as tension continues to rise across the country, with many Kenyans struggling to make ends meet. While peaceful protests can be an effective way to bring attention to social and economic injustices, it is important to ensure that they are conducted lawfully and do not lead to violence or harm. As Kenya works to address its challenges, all stakeholders must come together to find common ground and work towards solutions that benefit everyone.