NAIROBI, September 21, 2012 (CISA) -The Church in Kenya has urged the government to ensure security in the country. This comes in the wake of recent killings in Tana River delta where clashes led to the death of over a hundred people. At a press conference held on September, 20 at Waumini house, church leaders voiced their concern over the skirmishes and questioned the manner in which the Government handled them.“Put in place mechanisms to ensure that no other Kenyan, is killed, hurt, displaced, abused or in any other way is mistreated or discriminated upon as was recently the case in Tana Delta and Mombasa clashes,” urged the leaders. His Eminence, John Cardinal Njue, Chairman of the Kenya Episcopal Conference, asked Kenyans to reflect on the series of events taking place that could plunge the country into lawlessness, and urged them to pray and fast.
Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, The Most Rev Dr Eliud Wabukala, said the clashes raise questions over the ability of the government to protect its people. “While the deployment of GSU officers is commendable, the Government needs to address the root causes of the skirmishes that destroy the precious gift of life,” the Archbishop said.
The Leaders further explained some of the consequences of the ongoing teachers’, lecturers’ and doctors’ strikes: “We are deeply concerned that children and students have had to stay at home when they are supposed to be in school. This is devoid of the fact that national examinations are only less than a month away… With the doctors on strike, the patients suffer the consequences; the God-given gift of life is compromised and becomes the negotiation chip.”
The joint statement was also signed by, Rev Dr Stephen Kanyaru (Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya), Rt Rev David Riitho Gathanju (Moderator of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of East Africa) and Rev Dr Charles Kibicho (Representative of the National Council of Churches of Kenya).