Bishop Anthony Muheria has called on President William Ruto and the opposition chief Raila Odinga to have sit-down to end the current political stalemate and protests.
In an interview on Citizen TV, on Sunday, July 17, he challenged the two to have a conversation on the cost of living, general concern of the economic situation and institutionalization of the opposition.
The clergyman said the dialogue should not be about personal interests of leaders but the welfare of Kenyans.
“The talks should not focus on individuals, talks should focus on the plight of the poor, opposition should hold government responsible.
The conversation should be about lowering the cost of living. Second is the general concern or feel of economic situation we are in and ways of reforming relations and communication between the opposition and government and institutionalization of the opposition,” Bishop Muheria explained.
Furthermore, the bishop argued that the government should find a permanent solution for the opposition to air their grievances, without causing loss of lives and destruction of property.
He also called upon Raila Odinga’s wing to conduct peaceful demonstrations that do not bring the country to a halt.
“Kindly reconsider. It is not about sustainability, it’s the risk of losing more life. It’s not about bringing the country to a halt,” Muheria pleaded with Odinga.
Moreover, the outspoken cleric challenged parliament to answer to reality and not manipulation.
Consequently, he cautioned the police to be more humane, it is not acceptable to use live bullets.
Archbishop Muheria’s message to Kenyans
The Nyeri Catholic Bishop urged Kenyans to be tolerant and sober since when protests happen, it is the common citizen who feel the pain.
He pleaded with Kenyans to see each other as brothers and sisters and not enemies.
“Kenyans must recover their soul, their consciousness and it not just speaking religiously, we need to recover our humanity. I can only insult someone I have dehumanized,” he pleaded with Kenyans.
Bishop Muheria encouraged Kenyans to come together, recover the true Kenyan spirit and shuns drums of violence renting the air.
“It’s not about who is the leader, which political party, it’s about us, it’s about life, we are Kenyans and Kenya should be safe.
I only wish that can come down from the president to all the leaders and the citizens. We can have a tremendous Kenya,” the Archbishop urged Kenyans.
“Come together when it’s cold and not fight over the blanket,” he concluded.
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