NAIROBI, Kenya – Clerics across Kenya are giving sermons dedicated to peace the day before a national election that some fear could devolve into the same violence that engulfed the East African country after the disputed 2007 election.
Campaign rallies have ended, and many in this heavily Christian nation are going to their parishes Sunday to pray that the Monday vote does not become too polarized along ethnic lines.
At the Nairobi Chapel, an evangelical church in the capital, three pastors took turns praising the attributes of some tribes. The Kikuyus were praised for being entrepreneurial, the Luos for valuing education, and the Kalenjins for their loyalty. The congregation cheered.
Uhuru Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, and Raila Odinga, a Luo, are the leading candidates for president.