War against graft should be priority, say church leaders

Monday January 4 2016

Nyanza Council of Church Leaders Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede (second right) speaks during a press conference in Kisumu on November 7, 2011. He told the Nation on January 3, 2016 the State needs to recover what has been lost through corruption. PHOTO | JACOB OWITI | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

Nyanza Council of Church Leaders Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede (second right) speaks during a press conference in Kisumu on November 7, 2011. He told the Nation on January 3, 2016 the State needs to recover what has been lost through corruption. PHOTO | JACOB OWITI | NATION MEDIA GROUP. 

By MOSES ODHIAMBO
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Nyanza Council of Church Leaders want the government to prioritise the fight against corruption this year.

They urged the government to “do more than just talk”, about corruption.

The leaders demanded the prosecution of perpetrators.

Chairman of the council, Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede, told the Nation on Sunday the State needs to recover what has been lost through corruption.

“We want to see people who looted money not only being investigated, but assets acquired through fraudulent means recovered,” said Bishop Ogonyo.

He added: “We also want the government to accelerate development in all regions.”

The clergyman said it would be wrong if corrupt leaders are allowed to amass wealth yet citizens continue to suffer.

For his part, leader of Repentance and Holiness Ministry Pastor David Owuor said there is need for caution as campaigns for the 2017 polls begin.

He said Kenya should commit itself to national repentance to avert chaos.

Prophet Owuor said there would be no better time for the country to inculcate the ways of God in its business than now.

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Speaking at the office of Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma when he paid him a courtesy call on Saturday, he said corruption must be weeded out.

Prophet Owuor said he would wish to see governors put more efforts to make devolution succeed since it is the only way to pull widows and orphans out of poverty.

“A repentant person is an easier person to manage. There is no better way to start the New Year than to decree the word of God here in this nation,” he said.

Prophet Owuor is hailed for leading national peace and reconciliation efforts after the 2007/8 post-election violence.

“Much as modernism and development has taken root, Kenya remains a God- fearing country.

“We must leave here with a conviction that Kenya will never be the same again…we pray that God helps the country deal with issues of violence in the Rift Valley, Mandera and Nyanza.

“As a nation, we need the Lord. With His blessing, Kenya can do much better,” said Prophet Owuor.

He said if the church is corrupt Kenya can’t achieve much.

Pastor Owuor said we need to go back to the root of the problem, the church puts the right foundations for integrity.