Clerics on Friday asked political leaders to stop dividing the country along tribal lines and shun corruption.
Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva castigated political leaders for dividing the country into coalition ‘fiefdoms’, based on tribal support saying this was setting a dangerous precedent ahead of next year’s General Election.
Speaking before conducting the Way of the Cross at Tudor Catholic Church, Archbishop Kivuva expressed concern over inflammatory statements being spewed by politicians.
“Moto wa Malindi na moto wa Kericho bado unawaka (The by-election fire in Malindi and Kericho is still burning),” he said, urging the political class to tone down the divisive politics threatening to split Kenya.
Saying the 2007-2008 post-election violence was still fresh in Kenyans’ minds, Archbishop Kivuva asked Catholics and the Christian fraternity as a whole not to be ‘used’ to fan chaos among the communities in the country.
He said politicians only wanted to ascend to power irrespective of the means they use “even if it means shedding blood of innocent people”.
“Kenyans should not accept to be zoned into Jubilee or Cord coalitions’ camps. When we got our independence in 1963, we were not told there will be two, three or four ‘Kenyans’ as we are hearing today,” he said adding that Kenya was for all tribes.
Anglican Church of Kenya’s Bishop Julius Kalu decried corruption in the country saying it was hampering the church’s effort in helping people with different needs.
In his Easter message, the Mombasa diocese bishop said corruption had penetrated in almost all sectors of the county and national government.
“It is now an open secret that job seekers, particularly new graduates, have to part with not less than Sh50,000 in order to be employed as teachers or as any other public officer,” said.
Bishop Kalu was speaking at ACK Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa.
He challenged those bestowed with responsibilities to take charge of public funds and other duties concerning the welfare of people, to work faithfully.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Okwany