We all have a responsibility to fight corruption, President Kenyatta says

The fight against corruption is a collective responsibility, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Speaking on Saturday when he joined Catholic bishops at the Marian Shrine in Subukia,Nakuru County during the launch of 2020 National Lenten Campaign, the Head of State maintained that there should be no blame games in the fight against graft.

He urged Kenyans to work together in addressing the challenges facing the country adding that every Kenyan has a responsibility to fight corruption and all the vices that hinder the country’s progress.

“Everyone of us has a responsibility to ensure we combat corruption, we protect our environment and we work together to ensure there is peace. If each and everyone of us play their roles effectively, I don’t see the reason why we cannot tackle the challenges facing us,” the President said.

The Head of State advised against passing the buck whenever things go wrong saying instead people should first look within themselves for solutions.

“If we mend our ways and focus on solving problems instead of apportioning blame, we will succeed in building a great nation,” the President said.

On the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), President Kenyatta said Kenyans have an opportunity to present their views and ensure political competition will never again cause death and destruction of property in the country.

He said BBI will ensure people compete politically based on policies but not negative ethnicity which has always proved to be a recipe for disaster.

“Your ethnicity will not improve your living standards but vision and good policies will. And that vision can come from any Kenyan in any part of the country.If we are guided by good policies, I have no doubt that there will be peace and Kenyans will not live with the fear witnessed every election cycle,” the President said as he urged Catholics to spread the gospel of peace and anti-corruption during this Lenten season.

The special mass was led by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Most Rev Philip Anyolo who is also the Archbishop of Kisumu while the sermon was delivered by Archbishop Martin Kivuva of the Arch-Diocese of Mombasa.

The theme of this year’s Lenten Campaign is ‘Stewardship for a transformed nation…my obligation” which is in line with the campaign against corruption that was launched by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops in October last year.

Archbishop Anyolo urged all Kenyans to stand up and break the chains of corruption.

“We commit to the fight against corruption and may God give us the grace of courage to overcome the challenge,” Archbishop Anyolo said.

In the Catholic tradition, Lenten is the period in the liturgical calendar from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday and is an annual commemoration that prepares believers through prayer, repentance, giving of alms and self-denial.

Nakuru Priest marks 25 years of Priesthood, calls on Kenyans to shun tribalism

Nakuru priest has called on Kenyans to shun tribalism but rather embrace peace and unity to foster maximum development.

Speaking over the weekend during dinner celebration to mark his 25 years of priesthood, Fr.Lawrence Mbogo of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru said Kenyans have a big role to decide whether they want peace or chaos.

He added that Kenyans should understand that the nation is not in the hands of the politicians but in the hands of Kenyans t and they should safeguard it.

While noting that politics is part of a nation, Fr.Mbogo who is also the Vicar General Catholic Diocese of Nakuru said the deal between former premier Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta might sail through but was quick to add that even if it fails then Kenyans should not hate each other on the same.

“As Kenyans we have seen, we have tested and we have lived. Let every Kenya knows that peace of this nation depends on them” he said.

On the issue of tribalism, the Priest called on Kenyans to believe in themselves as Kenyans and shun the cocoon of tribalism which he said has continued to drag the country behind.While noting that Nakuru County is cosmopolitan, Fr.Mbogo applauded the Nakuru politicians for continued peaceful coexistence.

“Why don’t we accept ourselves as Kenyans and move on? We are Kenyans and that is a fact let us shun tribalism but I must applaud the Nakuru politicians for ensuring co-existence” he said.

The Priest who has served both in USA and Kenya as a priest for the last 25 years says the Grace of God has seen hi sail through.

He encouraged those in Seminary to press on with the calling.“As I celebrate 25 years of priesthood I must say it has been by the grace of God.

To the seminarians I encourage you to know that this journey of priesthood is possible” he said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Prof.Fr.Stephen Mbugua from Tangaza University College under Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.

He called on Christians to adhere to the callings in various vocations in order to ensure development of the church of Christ.

“I call on Christians to ensure they respect their callings in order to grow the church” he said.

The celebrations were also attended by Fr.Msafiri Wana from catholic Arch-diocese of Arusha, Tanzania who called on Kenyans to maintain peace love and unity.

“To Kenyans, let us maintain love for when there is love then peace prevails” said Fr.Msafiri.



PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Fr.Lawrence Mbogo of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru(centre) during a dinner party to mark 25 years of priesthood.

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