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Bishops laud truce, warn against weak Opposition

George Kebaso @Morarak

Catholic bishops have commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s unity plan, but warned the move must not kill opposition politics. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said the Opposition is integral in any country’s development as it helps keep the government of the day in check.

Addressing a press conference in a speech delivered by KCCB chair Rt Rev Philip Anyolo, the bishops, however, urged other Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper Party) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) to embrace the truce. The three were absent during the surprise Uhuru-Raila meeting on Friday.

“Even as the dialogue goes on, it is very important to recognise the role of the opposition in any democratic society, to check on the government for better service delivery,” said Anyolo in Nairobi’s Kasarani.

Their remarks come in the wake of growing speculation that the deal between The President and the Opposition chief could herald the death of active opposition politics after the two agreed to work together to unite the country.

Rev Anyolo was accompanied by John Cardinal Njue, KCCB vice chairman Rt Rev John Oballa, Joseph Obanyi of Kakamega Archdiocese and his Mombasa counterpart Martin Kivuva, among others.

The clerics expressed hope the truce would pave way for a greater commitment toward uniting Kenyans and seeking solutions to challenges bedevilling the country as well as building an all-inclusive society.

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