PRESS STATEMENT BY KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS (KCCB)

Press Statement [25-05-2014]

UNITY OF THE NATION IS PARAMOUNT

 

“That they all  may be one” (John17, 21)

We the Kenya Conference of Catholic bishops share the great concern of all Kenyans at the situation we find ourselves in our country, of the heightened state of insecurity that we have witnessed in the recent attacks and killings in Mpeketoni, Kibaoni area and the continuing attacks in other parts of Kenya like Baringo, Wajir, West Pokot, Turkana, El Wak and Mandera. We pray for the victims and  express our heartfelt condolences sympathy to the bereaved and affected families.

This situation has been aggravated further by the rising political temperatures on both sides of the political divide, which are tending towards negative ethnicity. For this reason we strongly urge that this is not the right moment for national political rallies, called to agitate the people on both sides of the political divide.

We the Catholic bishops, compelled by our desire for peace for our Nation, fervently ask the political leaders of our Country, both of the government and the opposition, to put aside their personal and party interests, in order to address critical issues which are affecting our Country. These we expect should be addressed within the constitutional framework and the established institutions:  Parliament, National Executive, Judiciary and Independent Tribunals (Cf. Constitution of Kenya, Article 1). This is the time to show true leadership and statesmanship.

The great flaw in the security system in our Country  has been evidenced in these recent incidents. We attribute this to the inherent corruption within the system. We would  like to see a thorough reform of the entire security system. The great number of lives lost in these last months and property destroyed is unacceptable and regrettable in a God fearing country.

The citizens of this country expect from the State, protection and security in every corner of our country. We bishops expect no less.

We realize that part of the state of anxiety, is caused by poverty and unemployment, especially among the youth. We urge the political class in the National and County levels, to stop misusing and manipulating the poor and the youth for political selfish ends, but rather seek to address their problems through constructive guidance and programs for economic growth.

The solutions of this crisis must be found by the citizens of this country in keeping with the avenues provided by the Constitution. We must resist external interference be it ideological, political or economical.

We appeal to the conscience of every Kenyan, to be patriotic and loyal to this Nation, and not to give space in their hearts for hatred and lawlessness but rather to practise love of the neighbour, repentance, asking for forgiveness and seeking reconciliation.

Let us entrust ourselves and our Nation to almighty God.

 

HIS EMINENCE JOHN CARDINAL NJUE

CHAIRMAN

KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo            Vice Chairman (KCCB), Homa Bay
Most Rev. Zacchaeus Okoth Kisumu
Most Rev. Peter Kairo Nyeri
Rt. Rev. Philip Sulumeti Kakamega
Rt. Rev. Paul Darmanin Garissa
Rt. Rev. Cornelius Arap Korir Eldoret
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mairura Okemwa Kisii
Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich Military Ordinariate
Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley Kitale
Rt. Rev. Norman Wambua King’oo Bungoma
Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara, IMC Marsabit
Rt. Rev. David Kamau Ng’ang’a Aux.  Bishop Nairobi
Rt. Rev. Anthony Ireri Mukobo, IMC Isiolo Vicariate
Rt. Rev. Virgilio Pante Maralal
Rt. Rev. Salesius Mugambi Meru
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo Kericho
Rt. Rev. Martin Kivuva Musonde Machakos
Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria Kitui
Rt. Rev. James Maria Wainaina Muranga
Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru Embu
Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba Nakuru
Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich Lodwar
Rt. Rev. Emanuel Barbara  Malindi
Apostolic Administrator Mombasa
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia Nyahururu
Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa Ngong

Rt. Rev. Joseph Alessandro  

 Co-Adjutor Bishop Garissa

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