Kenya: Kiambaa Church Post-Poll Violence Survivors Support Bbi

A group of the 2007/2008 Kiambaa Church post-election violence survivors has thrown its weight behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The survivors say BBI should be embraced if it is the only way to guarantee peace during elections.

Rev Stephen Mburu of the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Church said the January 1, 2008 arson attack led to a lot of suffering and urged Kenyans to back the initiative started by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

He said what transpired in Kenya after the 2007 presidential election should never happen again, adding that ordinary people and leaders should strive to build bridges and address issues affecting them peacefully.

Rev Mburu and his group pleaded with every Kenyan to support the BBI.

“There is need for peace. We understand violence and would not want to witness it again. If BBI can bring lasting peace, let us embrace it,” Rev Mburu said.

“We must preach peace and support the President and the ODM leader. Every corner of this country has been living in fear.”

Dividends of peace

Ms Rebecca Wangui Kiongo, whose husband, Samuel Kiongo Merethu, died in the church attack, said the survivors’ trauma has made them understand the dividends of peace.

“What this country witnessed made us understand the effects of hatred and disunity. We are fully behind the BBI because it will bring peace,” Mrs Kiongo said during a press conference in Eldoret.