Kenyan bishops want to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta with his deputy

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Catholic bishops have volunteered to unite President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to save the country from political tension ahead of next year’s general elections.

The 23 bishops spoke in Nairobi on Wednesday morning under the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) banner.

“We are deeply concerned that if this open disagreement between the President and the Deputy President is taken up by their supporters, the trickle-down effect it could generate across the Country will be dire to even contemplate,” they said.

Ruto and his boss have not been reading from the same script since their re-election, and their relationship is getting murkier day in, day out.

Last month, President Kenyatta dared his deputy to resign instead of attacking the government from within.

"The honourable thing is that if you are not happy with it, step aside and allow those who want to move on to do so and take your agenda to the people," said Kenyatta.

In rejoinder, Ruto said he won't quit vowing not to succumb to threats and intimidations from the state officials.

“I am a man of vision and I have no space to retreat and the luxury to surrender,” Ruto said.

The men in clothe also emphasized the need for political tolerance as they called on politicians to tone down on political rhetoric.

The outgoing Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Bishop Philip Anyolo urged the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to take action against leaders fueling violence and hate.

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