By Kevin Wachira
Murang’a Bishop Maria Wainaina has told politicians to keep dirty money sourced from proceeds of corruption away from the church.
The Bishop who was speaking to over 4, 000 Catholic Men Association (CMA) members of the Murang’a diocese at a mass held at Kiriaini Catholic Church, told politicians to stop taking offerings to church that are alleged to have been sourced through corrupt means.
The Bishop who was reacting to recent reports that Murang’a County is the most corrupt warned that the level at which corruption has infested the County is alarming.
Bishop Maria Wainaina of the Catholic Church asked the Church to stamp its authority in fighting graft, saying such a fight must begin from within its ranks.
Bishop Wainaina urged the church leaders to be wary of the politicians they invite to conduct funds drives in their jurisdictions.
“The church should not be used as a money laundering institution where dirty money is prayed for,” said an enraged Bishop Wainaina.
And to demonstrate his calling, the Bishop went ahead to cancel a major funds drive that was scheduled for Sunday 27th at Kiangunyi Parish, in Murang’a County, where politicians had been invited to officiate.
Deputy Speaker for the Senate Kembi Gitura who is also the Murang’a senator, while translating the Bishop’s message which was delivered in the native Kikuyu language supported the Bishop’s move.
Sen. Kembi expressed disappointment in the manner in which law officers are handling corruption cases and suspects, “there is a lot of laxity in prosecuting those involved,” said the Senator.
Kembi reiterated that he will not be moved or cowed by threats and intimidation as he continues to fight corruption in the county.
Kembi said that he will be keen to have the Parliamentary Accounts Investment Committee of Senate look into the report that rated Murang’a as the most corrupt County.
He challenged the County government to showcase development that must reflect the over Ksh.15 billion that have been spent already.