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Kenyan archbishop to electorate amid discord

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The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mombasa in Kenya challenged members of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) to bridge their differences and work together to conclude the election period in the East African nation despite the disagreement between them.

“Try to work together to conclude this election. Work in harmony, produce the results”, Msgr. Martin Kivuva Musonde said on Sunday August 28, referring to the gubernatorial, parliamentary and neighborhood elections which were to be held on August 29 after being postponed in the August 9 general election.

On August 15, the IEBC President declared Vice President Dr. William Ruto the winner of the tight Presidential election with 50.49% of valid votes, against 48.85% for its main challenger, former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga.

As Mr. Wafula Chebukati announced, four of the seven IEBC Commissioners held a separate press conference, distancing themselves from the presidential results. They said, “Due to the opaque nature of how this phase has been handled, we cannot take ownership of the results that are to be announced.”

In his address after the celebration of Holy Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of Mombasa on August 28, Bishop Kivuva said that while Kenyans may not be aware of the cause of the discord between the IEBC commissioners, they must remember “that they have been entrusted with their responsibility by the people of Kenya”.