Catholic Church Breaking the Chains of Corruption in Kenya

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Kenya’s War on Corruption has been boosted by an army of religious generals who have directed millions of foot soldiers to reject political cash donation. 

In a landmark decision aimed at graft mandarins laundering their looted cash in churches, Catholic Bishops announced electronic transfer of donations will be the new order becuse it will leave a “clear trail of donors” for accountability sake.

The country marked the new front in the fight against corruption at the Marian Shrine in Subukia as Catholic Bishops banning wads of notes in funds-drive in favour of cashless donations.

“Henceforth, fundraisers in the church will be done by mobile money transfer or by cheque. This will avoid handling of huge amounts of cash and give a clear trail of the donors,” Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Chairman Archbishop Philip Anyolo declared.

They also banned politicking in the pulpits, proper recording of gifts and their givers and announced a six-month renewal of baptismal promises for every Catholic faithful to re-commit themselves against the evil of corruption. The church will also provide details of its accounts, institutions, projects and other financial matters making them open for public scrutiny.

“We will keep a record of any gift given to any religious leader exceeding Ksh50,000. All gifts will be accompanied by a letter from the givers,” he declared.

Archbishop Anyolo added that the Catholic Church will not condone being used as political platforms or for any other motive other than for the liturgy and normal worship, dealing a blow to a section of politicians who have been using churches every Sunday to respond or attack their critics.

  • We will not be used as political platforms. 
  • We will not allow any address within the Church from any non-liturgical character.
  • Such addresses will be made outside with due dignity.
  • Political speeches will not be allowed during any liturgical celebrations,” Archbishop Anyolo affirmed.

The special service dubbed “Breaking the Chains of Corruption” was held at the Subukia National Shrine in Nakuru County. it was a spectacle to behold as the men of cloak emerged walking bare feet.

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Carrying crosses and donning a green ribbon with white edges around them and on their robes, they all knelt facing the altar and observed a moment of silence before reciting a prayer against corruption, led by their chair.

During this process, the bishops did not don their mitres on their heads as a sign of humility.

“We may appear small but can truly slay this monster and free our country from the slavery chains of corruption,” declared Anyolo.

The bishops decried the tremendous corruption that has captured, enslaved and imprisoned most sectors of the country economically, socially and politically.

“We come out in a prophetic gesture of mourning to call to God for Mercy, let’s change our wayward ways and personally reject any form of corruption,” added Anyolo.

The church will also open a corruption desk through which Kenyans can make reports on corruption.

Meanwhile, the Anglican Church of Kenya closed ranks with the Catholic Church to tighten the noose on politicians taking stranglehold of the pulpit.

Embu Catholic Bishop, Paul Kariuki (center) and Deputy President William Ruto (right) at St Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish in Embu

The Church’s Head Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit said he felt vindicated by his colleagues in the Catholic church. He said his own Church’s synod agreed last week that no donor will be allowed to give his donation to the church openly. 

The moves by Kenya’s largest religious denominations is a major slap on the face of Deputy President William Ruto, who early this year was arrogant enough to admonish opposed to his donations to churches telling religious heads that he goes to church to pray God not them. 

The Catholic Bishops Conference resolution comes on the heels of what would be a rebel position by a Bishop in support for political donations by Ruto. Embu Catholic Bishop, Paul Kariuki, a fortnight ago defended Ruto over his countrywide tours and donations. Speaking at St Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish in Embu, the bishop compared Ruto’s political enemies to houseflies that are always bothered by the handwork of a bee (Ruto).

Bishop Kariuki blamed the DP’s political enemies for always finding faults and staying blind to the many development projects the DP has initiated across the country.

In sacrilegious language, Bishop Kariuki in Kiswahili described fellow Kenyans thus “Wako kama inzi, kazi yake inatafuta pale kumeoza. Wanaanza kuambia nyuki wacha kutangatanga kama vile Deputy President anaambiwa anatangatanga,” said the Bishop amid laughter from the congregation. (They are like flies seeking rotten sites and are telling the bee – meaning Ruto – to stop flying around the way the Deputy President tells Kenyans he is doing.)

Bishop Kariuki thinks Kenyans opposed to Ruto are like flies licking wounds

In the audience, as the Kariuki vilified Kenyans for their political views, was the deputy president, who had joined the congregation for the Sunday morning service.

It is not often that political leaders win against God represented by Church leaders and many have seen their governments and empires fall into ruins never to recover. The powerful dictator in Philippines Ferdinad Marcos wielded absolute powers as a dictator until he was ousted in February 1986 – let alone the delegated powers Ruto reminds Kenya about every day telling his critics to read the Constitution.

Among those who led the revolt that forced Marcos out of power were religious groups led by Cardinal Jaime Sin, the Archbishop of Manila, along with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the Archbishop of Cebu.

 Marcos family stole US$5–10 billion. The family also enjoyed a decadent lifestyle, taking away billions of dollars from the Philippines between 1965 and 1986. Politicians always make every effort to recover all the money they use during campaigns and in many cases steal a lot more than they spent. Ruto cannot be an exception.

The latest position taken by the two dominant Churches will in its logical conclusion generate new crusaders against Corruption in Kenya and break the chain of the social evil to change Kenyans’ wayward ways and personally reject any form of corruption. The religious crusaders have on their side millions of Kenyans fed up with Corruption that robs their motherland the dignity of being the land of plenty, peace and prosperity.

Deputy President Ruto has publicly declared he “does not believe Corruption can stop a leader in Kenya from delivering” even as evidence stares before his eyes that President Uhuru Kenyatta and himself have failed to deliver Kimwarer and Arror dams, in his backyard, because of Corruption – among many other projects dotting the country as white elephants.

How a person who aspires to be president cannot fathom the negative effects Corruption plays in democratic governance, economic development and delivery of national prosperity is a shocking admission that Ruto is blind-folded as he chases his shadow seeking the presidency for the sake of it. His extravagant premature presidential campaign drive is guided by the belief that money can buy him the coveted office.

Foot note:

Many fall by the wayside chasing Utopia. It is said you can fool some people sometimes but you cannot fool all people all the time.

As Christians would sin…. 

Onward Christian soldiers!

Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus Going on before.

Christ, the royal Master,

Leads against the foe;

Forward into battle – against Corruption