Major George Wagaya the leader of Salvation Army Church in Western Kenya asked church leaders to use the platform each time they organize a crusade at any church event to spread the message of peace to their followers, adding that the peace caravan walk has been in all 47 counties
Voters have been urged to avoid donning political party outfits or carrying posters on voting day to avoid clashing with opponents as one way of encouraging peace.
Addressing The Weekly Vision in Bungoma town on Wednesday during a peace meeting, Major George Wagaya the leader of Salvation Army Church in Western Kenya said that the church took an initiative to sensitize the public about the importance of peace before, during and after elections. He said that Kenya will continue to be even after the elections.
He urged politicians to join churches and other peace campaign organizations to preach peace and ensure that Kenya is at peace adding that the peace initiative was started in 2008 after the post-election violence hit the country. “This peace walk exercise has not started today, as a church, we started it way back in 2008 we did it in 2013 and 2017 respectively to ensure that our people are at peace,” he said.
In his appeal, Major Wagaya asked church leaders to use the platform each time they organize a crusade at any church event to spread the message of peace to their followers, adding that the peace caravan walk has been in all 47 counties. “We started this peace walk caravan early so that we can cover all regions before the voting date, we are working with Government administrative officers in the regions we visit to ensure that a similar message is spread to the residents,” he said.
He lauded County Commissioners for welcoming peace caravans into their counties. Captain Benjamin Amuga asked residents to keep off political discussions and engagements during the voting day saying that every voter should cast his/her vote early and go home to wait for an announcement by the IEBC.
Captain Amuga added that rumors and loose talk should be avoided at cost saying that any signs and incidences of violence ought to be reported to the concerned authorities immediately. However, captain Amuga said people should keep in touch with family members regularly and even close friends and work colleagues over the election period. He encouraged families to have a backup plan and an agreed family meeting place in case conflict arises in their community over the election period.
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