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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Kenya: Bishop of Eldoret says president is seeking reconciliation
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¬†The Bishop of Eldoret, which was devastated by riots last week following Kenya's disputed elections has said he believes President Kibaki is now seeking reconciliation with the people. After a meeting with the president yesterday, Bishop Cornelius Kipng'eno Arap Korir said: "The president has expressed words of reconciliation and peace. He has asked that those wounded in the violence or the victims' relatives refrain from seeking revenge for the sake of the country and their children" "Kibaki has visited the Burnt Forest and Kiambaa, where several refugees have sought shelter and then came to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and delivered his speech" ≠ said the bishop ≠ promising that the government would continue to offer aid to people facing difficulties or those who have incurred damage during the riots". Eldoret, in western Kenya, has become one of the symbolic places for the violence that followed the December 27 elections, which reconfirmed Kibaki as president even as the opposition has not recognized the results amid rumors of irregularities. Yesterday, four former African heads of state, Joachim Chisano (Mozambique), Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), Benjamin Mkapa (Tanzania) and Ketumile Masire (Botswana) visited Eldoret, one of the most dynamic economic centres for the Kenyan economy, to witness the situation on the ground before meeting Kibaki and Odinga next week, in an attempt to mediate the political crisis. "During the visit, Kibaki did not make references to the political situation in the country but reassured people over the issue of security" said Bishop Cornelius. Source: MISNA
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