Mombasa governor Hassan Joho goes to church to pray

Joho’s church service comes in the backdrop of political intolerance incidents being witnessed in the country.

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Joho’s church service comes in the backdrop of political intolerance incidents being witnessed in the country in the past one week notably in Kisumu, Baringo and Thika.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for an end to growing intolerance on all sides of the political divide, saying that a peaceful electoral process was key to securing a prosperous Kenya beyond August 8, 2017.

During the burial ceremony of Joseph Nkaissery, held on July 15 Uhuru said incidents of heckling, jeering and even open abuse of opponents at rallies and social media was retrogressive, sow hatred, but offered little for Kenya’s unity and prosperity.

“What we have seen in the last few days has no place in our country, it is not democracy. It should be brought to an end. Abuse, jeering, heckling will not add a single vote to the tally of those you support,” the President said pointedly.

Together with his running mate and Kisauni Member of Parliament, Hon. Rashid Bedzimba and other ODM candidates Joho joined his Christian brothers and sisters for a church service at Siloam Ministries in Kisauni.

When he stood to address the Christian congregation, the coastal leaders preach peace and cohesion ahead of the general election.

He also requested religious leaders to continue praying for the country.

The Mombasa governor later took to social media to spread the message of peace to all Kenyans.

The Kenyan coast of Mombasa has largely remained peaceful though once in a while religious strife flare up.

In March 2014, two gunmen stormed a church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa on Sunday and opened fire on worshippers, killing four people and wounding about 17 others.

Among the wounded was two months old Baby Satrin Osinya who was shot in the head after the bullets that killed his mother’s life, while she was shielding him, exited her body and buried itself in his head.

The boy was later admitted to hospital where the bullet was removed and adopted by Nairobi senator, Gideon Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko.

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