Anglican Church warns politicians against profiling along party lines

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Mgr Simon Onyango, Bishop of the Diocese of Nyanza. [James Omoro, Standard]

The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has warned politicians against political profiling in the Nyanza region.

The church has also expressed concerns over the inflammatory statements against people supporting various political parties.

The bishop of the southern diocese of Nyanza, Simon Onyango, has warned that political profiling must stop if the country is to enjoy peace before the elections.

Speaking at a prayer service at the Diocese Headquarters in Homa Bay Town, Rev. Onyango gave an example from Migori County where there is stiff competition between the ODM led by Raila Odinga and the Democratic Party of the People (PDP) led by Governor Okoth Obado.

The PDP is known to be an ally of Vice President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

He said the perception has resulted in a fierce rivalry where some politicians incite their supporters against those of other political parties.

“It is wrong for a member of a political party to stigmatize others. We don’t want political profiling because it goes against the spirit of peaceful coexistence, ”Onyango said.

ACK is currently working with other partners to undertake peace campaigns through a caravan in the southern region of Nyanza including Migori, Homa Bay, Nyamira and Kisii counties during the election period.

He urged politicians to embrace democracy so that all political candidates considering various elected positions have an equal chance to sell their policies in any part of Kenya.

“We are in the era of multiparty democracy. Let politicians be tolerant of each other, regardless of their political division, ”Onyango said.

Kenyan Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akélo Misori said political profiling will make it difficult for teachers in the region to work.

“Such statements are very disastrous and can hinder development. Even teachers will be afraid to work in these areas, ”said Misori.

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