|Kenyan government challenged|
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Policemen patrol through the remains of a burned village after ethnic violence in the Tana River Delta in Kenya's coastal region Sept. 11. Leaders of Kenya's mainstream Christian churches urged the government to address the many problems the country face s as it prepares for March general elections.
Catholic News ServiceLeaders of Kenya’s mainstream Christian churches urged the government to address the many problems the country faces as it prepares for March general elections.
Recent ethnic violence left more than 100 Kenyans dead and displaced thousands of people in the Tana River Delta at a time when the government had vowed to enhance security and restore peace.
The government belatedly deployed security personnel, but the church leaders recommended the government find the root cause of the violence. Some observers have accused politicians of exploiting ethnic rivalries before the election, and one government minister has been fired after being accused of inciting violence — a charge he denied.
The church leaders also raised concern over ongoing strikes by teachers and doctors.
Kenyan teachers have been on strike throughout September, demanding higher wages.
The church leaders also expressed disappointment with the way the Kenyan Parliament is implementing the new constitution, urging the government to uphold the spirit of the document.