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Youths take finance bill demands to churches

The government has been urged to engage the youth on the bill

A youth walked to the front of Holy Family Basilica church to protest against the Finance Bill, 2024

Politics dominated the Sunday sermon as the clergy delved into the contentious Finance Bill 2024.

The Sunday messages in different churches were characterized by calls for the government to listen to the voices of the youth to find a compromise.

At the Holy Family Basilica church in Nairobi, the youth were provided with a platform at the pulpit to share their concerns on the bill while the All Saints’ Cathedral church reiterated the need for the government to engage the youth on the bill.

The Provost of the All Saints Cathedral Very Reverend Canon Evans Omollo has called on the government to listen to the public as they voice their concerns.

Speaking during a youth service, Canon Omollo urged the government to be frugal with the taxes paid by Kenyans.

He asked Christians to be civil and avoid foul language even when provoked adding that the government should endeavour to protect the protesters and not kill them.

Similar calls were repeated across churches. In Nyahururu, Right Rev Rt Major Bishop Samson Mburu Gachathi pledged to amplify the voice of the church on national matters.

“I acknowledged the shortcomings of the Church as such I apologised to Gen Zs on Behalf of the church. I make a commitment to ensure that the voice of the church is amplified through dialogue” he said.

The PCEA leadership which took issues with frequent foreign travels by government officials accompanied by large delations also opposed the Finance Bill 2024, saying it would hurt many ordinary Kenyans if passed as it is.

A section of Kenyans mobilised with hashtags “Occupy the Church” and “Occupy Nyahururu”.

More to follow…..