Initiate dialogue to avert chaos, Catholic Bishops urge Ruto and Raila
The Kenya Conference of Catholic bishops (KCCB) today asked President William Ruto to offer progressive leadership by reaching out to his political nemesis and opposition leader Raila Odinga for the sake of the country’s peace.
The truce between the two leaders, they stated, will avert attempts to plunge the country into the risk of violence that hazards compounding the numerous economic challenges bedeviling the nation.
The bishops who opposed Odinga’s call for mass action urged the former premier to avoid the route of demonstrations that risk resurrecting mutiny and instead seek other avenues to address the merit worthy issues affecting the citizenry.
The catholic bishops statement read on their behalf by Archbishop of Nairobi archdiocese Philip Anyolo upheld that while the constitution provides for rallies and picketing, the freedom does not allow forceful take over or destabilization of a constitutional government.
Anyolo who had attended St Peter the Rock Church family day in Thika, Kiambu County urged Odinga to retreat and consider embarking on a journey to highlight issues and seek solutions.
The bishops at the same time urged President Ruto to address the pleas of distressed Kenyans including but not limited to food insecurity precipitated by prolonged drought, high cost of living among others. They stressed that the solution to healing the country’s numerous challenges would only be found if Kenyans and its elected leaders humble themselves and agree to talk and dialogue.
KCCB called out the in-opportunity of bloating further, the country’s public expenditure, by appointing a huge number of Chief Administrative Secretaries, in a time Kenyans are struggling to survive. The priests took issue with Ruto’s administration days after the Head of State completed the creation of the most bloated and most expensive executive in the country’s recent history.
President Ruto’s 50 CAS nominees are expected to cost Kenyan taxpayers KES 460 million every year in salaries, a decision the bishops described as too costly for a country that is at the verge of crawling financially.
Having demonstrated that Kenyans overwhelmingly voted for peace as witnessed in the last year’s August general elections, the bishops urged Kenyans to refuse to be lured into the past politics of confrontation, violence and of seeking “justice” by looting and destruction of property.