Peaceful and Credible Elections… Leaders of Integrity
The year 2017 is very special for Kenya. It is the election year. We want to go to the polls with the knowledge of what it entails to elect good leaders. It is particularly important because we have now experienced what a devolved system of government is and how we can improve it.
The past four years have been characterised by cries for more responsibility and accountability from those we have given positions of leadership. There have been a number of attempted impeachments, court cases for alleged misappropriation of funds, outright theft from the public coffers, and the list is long. This is why the theme on responsible leadership is important. We have to be responsible citizens to vote for responsible leaders of integrity.
For us to achieve this, we should be guided by the social teachings of the Church. Even though the Church teaches us to avoid worshipping money, many are the people who will vote only for monetary gains. We should examine the intentions of those who have offered themselves for elections and vote with our conscience and not our stomachs. (See Pope Francis, Evangelium Gaudium 56).
Let us pray and fast this Lent so that we can get responsible and leaders of integrity and that we become responsible citizens as well. I also exhort you to conduct yourselves peacefully before, during and after elections by avoiding any form of violence.
Rt. Rev. Cornelius arap Korir
BISHOP OF ELDORET
KCCB – CATHOLIC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION