Bishop Urges End to Kenya Crisis

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Bishop Urges End to Kenya Crisis


ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL

Nairobi

An Anglican bishop who chairs the National Council of Churches in Kenya said parliamentary discussion offers a chance to end the political crisis following the bloody unrest after elections at the end of 2007.

His call in mid-January came as leaders from the main faiths and Christian churches in Kenya united in calling for an end to confrontations that have resulted in more than 600 deaths, and in issuing a plea for all sides to seek peaceful methods to solve problems.

"After watching the opening of parliament, I think the legislators can provide an avenue to ending the crisis. We're in this crisis because of our constitution. Dialogue can start here," said Eliud Wabukala, Anglican bishop of Bungoma. "They could agree to amend the constitution to bring in power sharing arrangements that would be acceptable to citizens."

Roman Catholic bishop Peter Kairo of Nakuru, whose diocese is in an area where violence has frequently erupted in recent years, referred in a statement on Jan. 17 to some of the underlying reasons put forward for the violent reactions following the election.

"Since the issue of land has led to many clashes and deaths since the 1990s, it is the duty of the government to come up with a clear national land policy that will address issues of settlement, proper housing, schools and other social amenities," said Bishop Kairo. …

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