The Star (Nairobi)

25 October 2011

Kenya: African Leaders Told to Learn From Gaddafi

A Catholic bishop yesterday warned of imminent changes in Africa if leaders don't change their style of leadership. Bishop Norman King'oo of the Bungoma Diocese said the execution of Muammar Gaddafi and recent revolution in Tunisia and Egypt was a pointer to changes sweeping the continent. "If you don't change your style of leadership, you will be forced out of office and flushed from a culvert like Gaddafi," King'oo said.

He regretted that at independence, Kenya was at par with the economies of Malaysia and Singapore but the two nations have gone ahead with majority of Kenyans engulfed in poverty. Bishop King'oo was speaking during a confirmation service (Kipa Imara) for 162 converts at St Joseph Kocholia Parish church.

He challenged the youth to take education seriously so as to push the government to accept changes. "Professor Wangari Maathai became the first woman to be accorded state funeral owing to her academic credentials. I urge the youth to emulate her example to bring changes to the country," he said.

He said Teso leaders had nothing to be proud of owing to the pathetic state of infrastructure in the area. "What can Teso leaders tell us that they have done while many of our people are dying for failing to access essential services like medical services?" he asked. Bishop King'oo warned against grabbing of land belonging to the church.

He added that 500 bags of maize donated by Christians in the diocese for Turkana famine victims will be delivered next month. Father John Sulumeti revealed that the church had opened a new sub-parish at Kapina in Nambale. Sulumeti said the row over St Mathew Amagoro Church land will be solved soon. Construction of the church had been halted due to the land ownership dispute.

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