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Church calls for peace 

Apostle Joseph Likiti of Global Arise and Shine Ministries addressing the press in Diani, Kwale county on Sunday July 16, 2017 after meeting peace ambassadors from the area.
 
Photo by Hussein Abdullahi




Kenyans have been asked to keep peace before, during and after the August 8 general election so as to secure a prosperous and stable nation.

Apostle Joseph Likiti of Global Arise and Shine Ministries said the electorate should reject politicians perpetuating hate speech and electoral violence at the ballot.

Apostle Likiti called on Christians to pray against the spirit of ‘electoral violence’ that has taken root since the return of multiparty democracy in 1992.

Addressing scores of peace ambassadors under the aegis of ‘Global Peace Ambassadors’ in Diani, Kwale County on Sunday, Apostle Likiti said without peace Kenyans cannot go far.

He said the peace initiative has activated four million peace ambassadors in almost all the 47 counties with the clarion call for Kenyans to be vigilant ahead of the elections and to maintain the peace.

“Without peace, unity and love the country cannot achieve meaningful socio-economic development,” he said.

He said the global peace ambassadors will go around the country preaching the message that ‘violence has no place in the elections’. “We must all pray for peace to prevail at all times because what we want is one Kenya one nation,” Likiti said.

Likiti at the same time said the church is ‘deeply worried’ over the killings of innocent people in Lamu county by suspected Al-Shabaab militants. The recent wave of killings by the extremist group has led to the beheading of nine people.

Public Works Principal Secretary Maryam Elmaawy was rescued by Kenya Defense Forces after getting kidnapped by Al-Shabaab last week.

“We have been to Kilifi, Mombasa, and Kwale; next we are headed for Lamu to exorcise the spirit of violence and hatred that has engulfed the coastal county,” he said.

He said Kenyans should learn to live together despite their different political persuasions and urged residents to work with the authorities in restoring calm.
By Hussein Abdullahi

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