Former President Daniel Moi has weighed in on the wide spread of corruption in the different sectors of the country, warning that graft has so hit the country that it now seems almost uncontrollable.
The ex-president noted that graft, which is now a mainstay in Kenya, needs to be kicked off completely. He called on everybody of all ages to be involved in the war against corruption.
Addressing the congregation in a church service at Kapsabet AIC station in Nandi county, where he led the pioneering ceremony for an extremely modern church complex that can take up to 4,000 people, Moi made this plea.
He added that graft is depriving the people of enjoying the nation’s wealth as it cripples service delivery in government.
Advising all Kenyans not to tolerate or condone this act, he told Christians to report and speak up against such acts anywhere and anytime they occur.
According to former head of state, Moi:
Ongen ole chorset ko kiy ne ya . . . amwochini Christianik tugul kotoret serikali kotar kii ya
(You know corruption is bad . . . I am appealing to all Christians to help the government eliminate this bad thing).
Paying particular attention to the most affected sector, Moi told public servants to help fight corruption.
If you are senior government anywhere, please help in stopping this bad thing that is giving the government a bad image.
Moi cautions that corruption, which is bent on destroying the country, needs to be fought with both hands now before it grows so wild that it cannot be contained anymore.
The president, who in his words is disappointed at the way graft is turning unstoppable, said the ironical thing about the whole graft saga is that most of those linked in them were Christians who stream to churches every weekend for prayers.
The presiding Bishop of the African Inland Church, the Right Reverend Silas Yego, seconded Moi’s speech, urging all Christians to be real servants and children of God by helping the government in battling the deep-rooted act.
Former nominated MP Mark Too and the AIC chairman, Andrew Tuimur, who is also the Principal Secretary for Livestock joined the ex-president and the Bishop.
Tuimur said the ultra-modern church would cost Sh120 million and so far over Sh20 million has been raised.
The former head of state concluded that Kenyans and all the leaders should go back to the true Christian teachings on corruption and other social evils and help win the war on graft.
Former president Daniel Moi refused to comment on the Kericho by-election campaign politics, insisting that Sunday was a day for rest and prayers and not for politics.
Moi’s son Gideon, the Senator for Baringo, is leading an onslaught against Deputy President William Ruto in today’s Kericho by-election for the senatorial seat.
President Uhuru declared war on corruption last year, stating that it weakens development in the country. He also called Kenyans “smart criminals” while on a trip to Israel, adding that they were good at being tribalists.
Critics say the president has not been able to cut down corruption especially in public offices where millions are being looted by top officials.
Since President Uhuru’s Jubilee took office in 2013, his administration has been rocked with numerous fraud tales with most notorious ones being the National Youth Service scam.