Youths urged to embrace inter-religious tolerance for a peaceful society

A lobby group has challenged youths to wake up from slumber and use the opportunity they have now to safeguard the future of the country and ensure cohesiveness.

Peace builder and Inter-religious expert at Youth United for Peace in Kenya Josephat Khamasi says the cohesiveness and religious tolerance in the country depends on the youths who are the majority.

A section of Youths in Nakuru during one of the training.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Speaking in Nakuru during a culmination meeting for the several youth training the lobby has been conducting in collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Khamasi was very categorical that the youths have a voice that should be heard.

While citing the ongoing alleged corruption scandals in the country, Khamasi stated that they youths should also speak out in one voice no matter their political and religious differences.

“The future of our nation depends on us as youths. We cannot have a future when youths are fighting each, when youths are busy engaging in drugs and violence extremism. Even the corruption we are hearing of in the country can be addressed if the youths wake up and speak in one voice” said Khamasi.

Youth United for Peace in Kenya has been working closely with the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru on a 3-year pilot program to train youths in Nakuru on how to ensure cohesiveness and inter-religious tolerance among young people.

Khamasi says the pilot program has seen tremendous change in society with already 300 youths trained to become ambassadors of peace and inter-religious tolerance in society.

But even as the pilot program comes to an end, Khamasi says he will be having a meeting with the youthful steering committee together with the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru through the Bishop’s office so that they can see how to offer further assistance to the youths.

“Will be having a sitting with the steering committee to see to it that we address the other emerging issues affecting youths” he said.

He is however quick to note that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a big blow to their operation as there are guidelines by the Ministry of Health that should be adhered to.

This, he says has seen them have fewer youths in the training due to the social distancing guidelines unlike before.

Kevin Hawker, a beneficiary of the training, in an interview is optimistic that the knowledge gathered through the program will see transformation of many youths.

He challenged fellow youths in Nakuru county and Kenya as whole to ensure they play their role in shaping the society in the right direction.

Sentiments echoed by Ms Seraphia Chesang who says youths have been going through a lot during this COVID-19 period.

She is however quick to note that COVID-19 should not be an excuse for youths to engage in criminal activities but they should use the opportunity they have to better the society.

“Before COVID-19, we were there and even after COVID-19 we shall be there hence the need for all youths to wake up and make the society better” she said.

Another beneficiary of the program John Wakamila says the program has seen him learn how to relate with other religions.

While vowing to be ambassador of peace in society, his challenge to the youths is to appreciate each other’s religion and ensure cohesion.

“I have been trained and now my role is to reach out to my fellow youths and ensure tolerance” he said.

Nakuru Catholic owned school on spot over mismanagement

Parents of Regina Pacis Elimu School owned by Catholic Diocese of Nakuru on Wednesday morning held demonstrations accusing the school administration of mismanagement and lack of respect for parents.

Addressing media at the school compound, the irate parents accused Sister Judith Wayua who is in charge of the school for failing to address the grievances raised by parents among them high fees contrary to fee structure.

They also say the school administration has failed to ensure annual General meeting to address the issues affecting the parents.

The parents say they have written a memorandum on the same and submitted to the Bishop Catholic Diocese of Nakuru as well as the county Government of Nakuru but all in vain.

Led by Mbugua Sammy, the parents said the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru to step in and save the parents who say they are undergoing suffering under Sister Wayua’s management.

“The school is good but one person Sister Wayua wants to mess it. We have written to the Bishop and the county government over our grievances but in vain” Said Mbugua Sammy.

The parents say the school which is one of the best owned by the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru will lose its value if the issues raised will not be addressed soon.

While terming the issue of high school fees as pure extortion of money from parents, they  said they will not sit down and watch as the school is destroyed by one individual.

“As parents we will not allow this school to be destroyed by one individual. The sister must be shown the door” they said.

A spot check at the school also shows that it lacks playing ground for the kids.

By the time of going to the press, no official communication had been made from the school’s management or the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru over the same.




PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Regina Pacis Elimu School Owned by Catholic Diocese Of Nakuru.Parents  on Wednesday morning held demonstrations accusing the school administration of mismanagement and lack of respect for parents.


Catholic Diocese of Nakuru to mark Golden Jubilee this January

The Catholic Diocese of Nakuru will be marking its Golden Jubilee this January 2018. Catholic Diocese of Nakuru was established on 11th January 1968 after being hived off from the diocese of Eldoret, Diocese of Kisumu and the metropolitan diocese of Nairobi.

The Golden Jubilee celebrations will be held on Saturday, 13th January 2018 at the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) showground, Nakuru.

The diocese was first led by Fr. Denis Newman as apostolic administrator from inception up to 30th August 1971 when Archbishop Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki took over. The outspoken Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki led the Diocese from 1971 up to 14 Jun 1996 when he was appointed, coadjutor Archbishop of Nairobi.

Taking over from Ndingi from the 21st of June 1997 was Archbishop Peter J. Kairu who stayed up to 19 Apr 2008. He was later appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nyeri.

Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba was appointed on 19 December 2009 to take over from Peter Kairu and is currently the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.

Headquartered at the Christ The King Cathedral, the Archdiocese of Nakuru occupies an area of 18,149 km² with over half a million faithful, who comprise about 21% of the total Nakuru population.

Currently, the Archdiocese of Nakuru is subdivided into 9 deaneries and 47 parishes led by the parish priests. The deaneries under the diocese include Njoro, Molo, Naivasha, Kabarnet, Koibatek, Nakuru, Lanet, Bahati and East Pokot.

Over the years, the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru has undertaken many development projects to improve the standards of living of the people living there. Some of the best performing secondary schools are sponsored by the Catholic church including Bahati Girls and Rongai Boys. The Church also runs many primary schools and pre-primary institutions.

In addition, the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru is also engaged in promoting peace and justice through the Civil Peace Service department and the Catholic Justice & Peace Programme (CJPC).

The Jubilee celebrations will be led by Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo who is the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya.  As the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo who is also the Titular Archbishop of Castello is the ecclesiastical permanent diplomatic representative of the Holy See (Pope) in Kenya.

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