Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has called out all church leaders for allowing politicians use the pulpit to campaign.
The Bishops said politicians should not use church functions to address congregations, spreading politics of hate.
The Bishops reminded the public in a statement released to the media that churches were the conscience of society which ought to stay away from politics and political affiliations.
The statement read:
”We call upon the clergy not to use the Church or the pulpit to promote any political candidate. It is important to note that Church law forbids Priests from engaging in politics or presenting themselves for elections to political positions.
”As much as politicians and those aspiring to elective positions are free to worship and pray where they want, they should not use such opportunities to make their campaign statements. Consequently, politicians should not be allowed to address the congregations in our houses of worship.”
The Catholic Bishops went on to weigh in on the government’s failure to fight corruption in the country.
They said government officials were perpetrating corruption without ”shame and fear” recommending that the officials linked or mentioned in corruption scandals should be suspended.
”Half-hearted actions will not do. Tolerating corruption and letting those considered ‘untouchable’ free to loot the taxpayers’ money for the sake of political expediency shows weak leadership in the fight against corruption.”
In regards to the upcoming general elections next year, the Bishops called on Kenyans to remain peaceful during and after the elections.
”We should never allow few individuals to spoil the peace in Kenya and interfere with our inheritance. We have to learn to choose what is good and reject what is evil and all that is bedeviling our country as we strive to improve the lives of our people,” the statement also added.
”Together we can build a country that is just and free from corruption, a country that is orderly and respects the rule of law and a country where the dignity of every person is respected and valued.”