Political rallies are ill-timed, says Catholic Bishops

President Uhuru Kenyatta meets His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Catholic Bishops at State House, Nairobi (PIC BY PSCU)


Catholic bishops Wednesday said critical issues facing the country should be addressed within the constitutional framework and established institutions.

They said the raising political temperatures does not augur well for the nations unity and progress.

The bishops, who met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi, said time was not right for political rallies considering the heightened state of insecurity in some parts of the country.

They called on the President and all political leaders to put aside personal and party interests for the sake of country’s peace and unity.

“We the Catholic bishops, compelled by our desire for peace for our nation, fervently wish to ask all political leaders of our country, both in Government and the opposition, to put aside personal and party interests, in order to address critical issues which are affecting our country,” they said

They emphasized that the situation in the country demanded sobriety and expressed their solidarity with the Government as it fulfills its mandate.

The bishops regretted the number of lives lost in recent attacks and called for hastened reforms within the security sector.

Saying leaders need to address problems facing the nation through constructive guidance and programs for economic growth, the bishops appealed to the political class to stop misusing the youth for their political gain.

“We realize that part of the state of anxiety is caused by poverty and unemployment, especially among the youth,” they said.

They said Kenyans must resist external interference of whatever nature noting that solutions to challenges facing the country must be found by the citizens as per the avenues provided by the Constitution.

President Kenyatta said he is ready to meet all Kenyans and dialogue provided it is done through the laid down Constitutional framework.

“I have made this clear, that we are ready for dialogue but within the framework of institutions created by the Constitution which we, ourselves, as Kenyans approved,” the President affirmed.

On insecurity, President Kenyatta reiterated that the Jubilee Government has increased resources to better equip the security agents and also to motivate them.

He said the Government is taking stern action on those inciting Kenyans and that the rule of law will be applied equally without bias across the political divide.

The Catholic bishops who were led by John Cardinal Njue appreciated the Government’s support towards its health and education projects it undertakes within the country.