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Politicians urged to stop abusing each other as Pope Francis' tour nears

02 November 2015, 09:27 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Kenyan political leaders have been urged to stop abusing each other in public and using hate speech as Pope Francis' tour to the country the country nears.

Speaking on Sunday, Bishop Alfred Rotich who is the chairman of the secretariat in charge of Pope’s Kenya visit, appealed to local leaders to stop using foul language as a way of showing respect to the visit by the Global leader of the Catholic Church.

“As we begin the final countdown to the arrival of the Holy Father, we declare and demand an honest ceasefire and end to incessant name calling among our politicians,” said Bishop Rotich who is also the chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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“We urge an end to the ethnic undertones and inciting remarks by leaders who are elected to protect the welfare of the people. It will not augur well if politicians engage in mudslinging each other and using harsh language when the Pope will be bringing a message of love,” observed the Bishop.

He made the remarks at a joint press briefing at Harambee House in Nairobi with statehouse spokesperson Manoah Esipisu on the upcoming tour by Pope Francis, which will take place between November 25 and 27.

Esipisu said a joint steering committee made up of State actors and members of the catholic church will continue giving weekly updates on the planning for the State and pastoral visit of Pope Francis.

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