Mega-Corruption Resurgence condemned by Catholic Bishops in Kenya

KAKAMEGA NOVEMBER 11, 2016 (CISA) – Catholic Bishops in Kenya have today condemned the growing cases of corruption allegations in the country. In a press statement sent to CISA titled, “For Love of our country, work for peace and unity” the bishops said the resurgent graft cases are puzzling and they want the cases investigated and concluded rapidly. “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?” “We have insisted again and again that those who have been entrusted to govern this country must be people free from corruption, who hate corruption and are willing to fight corruption to the end,” the bishops said. The bishops insisted that the time to act is now if we want the country to be a place of “plenty and prosperity” as we sing in our national anthem adding that as religious leaders they are willing to facilitate a forum to address the issues of corruption with sobriety, away from political rhetoric. “We seek to reason together to see how we can strategically address this vice. As a point of departure all those implicated, with credible evidence should step aside,” they said. The bishops further said that they wish to note with a lot of appreciation the positive measures that have been taken with regards to the credibility of our national examinations. “The fact that KCPE started and proceeded without major incidences is a sign that it is possible to have untainted examinations in Kenya. As the KCSE exams are underway, signs are that some form of sanity and integrity is slowly being restored, and it is hoped that this process will go on to completion and be reflected in the results,” they said. While commending the Cabinet Secretary for Education, the TSC and the Examinations Council and all who have been actively involved in preparing the exams, they noted that if everybody was serious about fighting corruption and impunity, it would be possible to eradicate it once and for all. “This kind of spirit should be extended to all other sectors and emulated by other ministries,” they said.

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