Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has pledged to give the church a key seat at the table where the management of the country’s management will be discussed if he becomes president.

Raila made the pledge while addressing leaders of independent indigenous churches in a meeting held on Monday at Wanderjoy Grounds, along Kiambu road.

The former premier said his administration will form a partnership with the church in administrative and security issues as he acknowledged the important role the church plays in fostering peace and unity in the country.

“We shall form a partnership with the church in line with our aspirations for unity under the Azimio la Umoja banner. Members of the clergy play a big role in a cohesive society,” Raila said.

The ODM leader appealed to the clerics to embrace and preach peace ahead of the August election as he reached out to the independent churches to support his State House bid.

Raila underscored the importance of the independent churches in the country's political affairs management and noted their role in the liberation of Kenya.

“Religious leaders, particularly the independent churches, have an integral role in the management of our political affairs owing to the special they played in the fight for our country’s independence. This cannot be gainsaid,” Raila said.

Raila's running mate Martha Karua, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho, Peter Kenneth and Junet Mohamed accompanied Raila to the Monday event.