Catholic Church in Kenya urged to tackle ‘entrenched’ tribalism influencing elections
“The Church must always stand fiercely for social justice and human rights and must teach that we are all one in Christ. As Saint Paul says, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor freedom, there is neither man nor woman: for you are all one in Christ Jesus”, our pastors should they teach us to look beyond our tribal affiliations”, the director of the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) said.
He added: “If the Church had been doing its work of evangelizing hearts properly for all these years, we would have seen even Catholics voting for candidates based on their values and backgrounds, not based on lineages. tribal”.
Tribal undertones appeared to characterize political campaigns and the 2022 elections in Kenya, with potential supporters of the main Kenyan coalition Azimio La Umoja One and the Kenya Kwanza political alliance. band according to geopolitical zones.
In Kenya, the various counties have been dubbed candidates’ strongholds, with Dr. William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza political alliance identifying areas such as Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu , Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Bungoma, Kericho and Bomet as their strongholds.
Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja, on the other hand, seemed to boast larger audiences in Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Taita Taveta and Mombasa.
Dr Ruto, the current vice-president of Kenya, was declared the winner of the tight Presidential poll with 50.49% of the valid votes, against his main challenger, former Prime Minister Raila who won 48.85%.
There are those who, however, believe Kenya’s 2022 presidential race “is the end of ethnic groupings to determine who becomes king”.
A analysis by The East African reports that the presidential election between Kenya Kwanza Alliance and Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition has shown that ethnic groupings are still a major factor in determining who rules the country, but may not determine who ultimately leads an election.
According to the analysis, Kenyans mainly voted based on their socio-economic interests and social justice.
In the August 23 interview with ACI Africa, Viljoen applauded the Kenyan authorities for holding what he called a “free and fair” election.