Let Justice Roll Like a River
August 29, 2022
LET JUSTICE ROLL LIKE A RIVER
Religious Leaders from the different faiths have met here at Ufungamano House, Nairobi, to reflect on the State of the Nation. We took time to pray for the nation in the words of our National Anthem:
O God of all creation, Bless this Our Land and Nation; Justice be Our Shield and Defender
May we dwell in Unity, Peace and Liberty, Plenty be found within our Borders
We now share the following message of inspiration with fellow Kenyans.
1. Peace and Calm in the Nation
We take this time to thank all Kenyans for upholding peace and calm during this electoral period. It is a manifestation of democratic maturity that is commendable. Let us all continue with this trend, especially in view of the intensive legal discourses that will be happening this week at the Supreme Court. We call on all Kenyans to wait until the Supreme Court processes the petitions, keeping in mind the wisdom of Proverbs 18: 17
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
2. Ensure Justice
Taking cognizance of the centrality of the Presidential Poll petitions to democracy in Kenya, we have taken time in our places of worship to pray for the judges and staff of the Supreme Court. We encourage you to undertake your duty with utmost good faith, fairness, impartiality and public trust, keeping in mind the words recorded in the holy scriptures:
Verily, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Verily, Allah is ever hearing and seeing. (Surat An-Nisa 4: 58)
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream. (Amos 5: 24)
It is our prayer and confidence that truth will prevail, and justice will be done and be seen to be done at the Supreme Court.
On our part as religious leaders, we urge every Kenyan, regardless of their political affiliation, to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court as the position of justice. It is Kenya that will have won either way.
3. Rescheduled Elections
We commend the residents of the counties, constituencies and wards who are participating in electing their leaders today following the earlier postponement. We call upon all the residents of these areas to exercise their democratic right, and to do so peacefully. Failing to vote is in essence voting for the person you did not want to become your leader.
In conclusion, we commend all the persons who contested for different seats during this electoral period for promoting peace and issue-based campaigns. We especially thank the Presidential Candidates for upholding national cohesion and expressing support for rule of law. Let us all join in prayer as we patiently and peacefully wait for the Supreme Court process to be concluded. May the words of the National Anthem be the inspiration for our hearts at all times:
Let all with one accord, in common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labor
Fill every heart with thanksgiving
God bless Kenya.
Signed on this 29th day of August 2022 at Ufungamano House, Nairobi.
Association of Member Episcopal Conference of East and Central Africa
Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya
Evangelical Alliance of Kenya
Hindu Council of Kenya
Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops
National Council of Churches of Kenya
Organisation of African Instituted Churches
Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims