Kenyan religious leaders call for peace in the country

Kenyan religious leaders call for peace in the country

Religious leaders in Kenya have urged rival politicians to pursue peace following a day of violence that ended with a church and buildings attached to a mosque being attacked in Nairobi, local media reported.

On Monday protests called by opposition leader Raila Odinga led to clashes with police. A farm belonging to former President Uhuru Kenyatta was targeted by looters.

Speaking in Nairobi’s Kibera neighbourhood following the outbreaks of violence, representatives of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths had a message for Kenya’s politicians.

They urged President William Ruto and Mr Odinga to have peace talks and called on all Kenyan politicians to put their country first.

It is well known that the root cause of the unrest is the deep animosity between Mr Ruto, Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta.

Over the last two decades relations between them have fluctuated dramatically as numerous alliances have been built and shattered.

If the politicians fuel the violence further, there is a real danger of considerable unrest in Kenya, the BBC stressed.

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