Bishop James Maria Wainaina Rejects Corrupt Kenyan Leaders In Church Fundraising

Kenyan Catholic churches have joined the war against corruption as Bishop James Maria Wainaina has issued a stern warning to all priests in Kenya against inviting corrupt leaders to take part in church fundraising.

Bishop James Maria Wainaina of Murang’a explained that all priests are now required to carryout background checks on all the guests that would be called to preside over fundraisers in the diocese.

The bishop added that the background checks will involve the church investigating the leaders critically and thoroughly in order to ensure that they are suitable to lead the fundraising before they will be allowed to do so.

Describing the type of fund that is acceptable to the church, the Bishop says the church will now allow only people of integrity to take part in the fundraising and not people who want to impress the church with their dirty fortunes.

Bishop Wainaina who spoke at Kiria-ini Catholic Church during the Murang’a Catholic Men’s Association Patrons Day also noted that the rate at which corruption has diffused into the country is depressing and now calls for collective fight against the act.

According to the Bishop:

“We glorify people who shower us with money during harambees without questioning the source of their wealth. We need to vet these people.”

Also at the event were Senate Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura and Murang’a Deputy Governor Gakure Monyo. The two politicians added to the Bishop’s speech against corruption making reference to a survey released by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) which showed the most corrupt counties in Kenya.

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They noted that Murang’a was mentioned on the list and encouraged the members of the county to strengthen their resolve to demand transparency.

Kembi said Senate’s Public Accounts and Investment Committee will investigate the EACC report and summon officials from the counties mentioned.

Pope Francis had also announced earlier that Catholic Church do not want people to donate “dirty money” earned by abusing low-paid workers, and other related crimes.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission carried out a survey to determine the most corrupt counties in Kenya and as expected, the results didn’t shock most of us.

The anti-corruption commission discovered that most corrupt counties perceive graft practices as a normal routine or pathway to get to whatever destination people plan to reach.

According to the survey report, 81 per cent of the commission’s respondents noted that all graft acts are common in their different regions in Kenya, including substandard service delivery, tribalism, implementation of trashy-built projects and theft or misappropriation of funds.