The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: No Condom Factory for Country, Says Cardinal Njue

The Catholic Church has condemned the government's plan to put up a factory for manufacturing condoms in Kenya.

Speaking when he presided over the first graduation ceremony of 22 nurses in Nazareth Mission referral hospital, his eminence Cardinal John Njue said the factory would corrupt the morals of the society.

Njue advised the nurses and all women not to exchange their bodies for favours at work. He said the government should uphold ethics and respect the ways which God has approved that people should live. "I appeal to the authority concerned to make sure that we do not have such a facility here. This would be shortchanging our society and we cannot uphold integrity and ethics would be lost. This would also mean that we cannot boost moral values as a church and we shall have a very perverse society," said Njue. "If this is going to be the case, the consequences will be bitter and we shall never have a mindful and meaningful heritage in this country," he said.

Njue urged the nurses to uphold integrity and not to be led by bodily desires. "Do not exchange yourselves with anything less, if God says you shall work you shall get it freely without sacrificing yourself. Do not let anyone tell you and give you conditions to do something so that you can be considered somewhere," Njue said.

The Cardinal said, "Do not let anything hinder you from achieving your dreams. For you to get something that you have ever dreamed for go for it without doubt and you shall overcome this sinful nature for the betterment of your life." The graduands were the pioneer students of the basic regular training of Kenya Registered Community Health nurses from the newly established nursing school in the hospital. They group was ranked first out of 34 training centres in the country.

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