Catholic bishops criticise government over corruption

Catholic bishops on Friday sharply criticised the government for failing to fight corruption as they urged the clergy to stop allowing politicians to use the pulpit to spread politics of hate.

They also warned politicians to stop jostling for power and confrontational campaigns that could plunge the county into chaos as next year’s elections draw closer.

In a statement on the state of the nation released at the Bishop Stam Pastoral and Animation Centre in Kakamega, the bishops said corruption was still hoisting its head high despite promises by the government to fight the vice. They said top government officials were perpetrating corruption without “shame and fear” and demanded the suspension of all those who have been mentioned in mega corruption scandals.

“Half-hearted actions will not do; tolerating corruption and letting those considered ‘untouchable’ free to loot the taxpayers’ money for the sake of political expediency shows weak leadership in the fight against corruption,” they said.

Rev Philip Anyolo of Homa Bay diocese, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the vice chairman Rev John Oballa Owaa of Ngong diocese read the statement on behalf of their 24 colleagues at the meeting.

They demanded action from the government, which they warned should stop paying lip service to mushrooming scandals of corruption as a tool to win the next elections. They cited the recent Sh5 billion scandal at the Ministry of Health.

“We are left wondering what is exactly going on. Is this happening even when other cases have not been dealt with? Or are we being treated to propaganda as a campaign tool for 2017? Is it possible that all have become helpless in the face of this growing monster? It is unfortunate that this evil seems to be perpetrated without shame or fear,” they said.

ADDRESS ISSUES

The bishops said they were ready to facilitate a non-political forum to address issues of corruption.

Dubbed, “For the Love of our country, work for peace and unity”, the statement delved at length into a wide range of issues including education, terrorism and Kenya’s role in mediating a peaceful resolution to the South Sudan conflict.

A clear pattern of violence reminiscent of the 2007-2008 chaos that rocked the country, they said, was beginning to take shape just nine months to the polls.

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