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Archbishop Sapit says Executive differences not healthy for nation

By , People Daily Digital
Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 00:00 | 2 mins read
Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit. Photo/File

The open differences pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are not healthy for the country and likely to tear the country apart.

The remarks were made by the head of the Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit yesterday who beseeched the duo to always endeavour to unite the country.

Sapit  who spoke at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home said that both the President and his substantive deputy being the symbol of unity should always exercise the authority bestowed on them by Kenyans to bring the country together.

“We need to see a leadership of the nation that’s more united, we need to see a country that has a focus otherwise disquiet among the leaders might tear the country”, he said.

He said that the misunderstanding between the duo is a reason to worry for Kenyans adding that it’s a high time they stopped attacking each other publicly.

“Each one if them has a following and therefore fighting might cause friction and therefore it’s good for them to stop engaging each other in personal politics”, he said.

He at the same time said that referring the BBI case to the Supreme Court will be a misplaced move.

Sapit who was flanked by the NCCK General Secretary Reverend Canon Chris Kinyanjui during a press briefing said that there are more pressing issues which ought to be addressed ahead of the 2022 general elections, and BBI is not one of them.

“The IEBC should be strengthened in order to prepare for free, fair and credible elections. Thorough civic education should also be conducted ahead if the polls”, he said adding that mass voter registration should also be done, besides ramping up Covid-19 vaccination across the country.

Supporting the recent BBI judgement which killed BBI, he called upon both the political class and Kenyans in general to accept the Court of Appeal judgement and move on.

“The judgement taught us that next time when we do things, we should do it exhaustively to avoid loopholes”, he said adding that the same was a step forward on the independence of the judiciary.

Sapit further said that for the country to move forward progressively, all the it’s three arms namely the Executive Judiciary and Legislature should be powerful and independent.

On his part, Reverend Kinyanjui said that NCCK would continue prevailing upon it’s clergy not to allow politicians to use pulpits to play politics.