Church leaders want Wabukala to lead IEBC
10 August 2016, 15:23
Nairobi - Church leaders in Western region have supported the proposal by Jubilee legislators to have retired Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala as the chairman of a new electoral commission.
The leaders under the banner of God's Nation Religious Assembly said Wabukala has impeccable credentials to conduct an election that Kenyans will have confidence in.
"We are fully behind an election that will be free and fair and which will not plunge the country in another violence. That is why we are supporting the proposal by the legislators to have Wabukala lead the electoral body," Isaak Wawire, the chairperson the caucus said.
The church leaders spoke when they held prayers at Mbale grounds, exactly a year to the polls scheduled to take place on August 8, 2017.
The prayers that brought together hundreds of church leaders were attended by Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga who said they were meant for peaceful transition in the run up to the next polls.
Wawire noted Wabukala is highly experienced and has shown great leadership skills, in matters that touch the country and therefore can be entrusted with a nation's fate.
The clergy called for a dignified send off for the IEBC officials who have offered to vacate office on a negotiated exit package.
"Let us not treat them as people who are outcasts. They are part of us and like everyone else, they have their own weaknesses," African Divine Church Archbishop John Chabuga said.
Mr Chabuga warned politicians that attempting to push forward election date may plunge the country into uncalled for anxiety that may spur violence.
"Let us stick to what the constitution has stipulated for us. That way we will be a law abiding nation. Politicians should lead by example," he said
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