The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Njue Tells Politicians to Avoid Hate Speech

Cardinal John Njue has told politicians to stop their selfish schemes warned against campaign speeches that can trigger ethnic clashes. Njue at the same time commended former president Daniel Moi for his efforts of preaching peace in the Country. He urged Kenyan faithful not to take their faith for granted and respect and work hard to safeguard their heritage.

He who was speaking at St Charles Lwanga Church Kiawaroga during the celebration of 110 years where he led a fundraiser and installed the new Parish pastoral Council and opened the new Cathedral. Present during the ceremony was the outgoing Chairman Boro, University of Nairobi Chancellor Joe Wanjui, Limuru aspirants George Mara and Njoroge Thige.

Njue said: "We should pray for this country because the leaders we are seeing today are doing things which are not making us happy at all. They rush to make decisions which properly suit them and do not benefit us as common people." He added, "they should move from their selfish personal interests to put the Kenyans interests as a priority at heart. They should initiate plans which would open our eyes."

Njue said that though people had bad taste of the former president, he still loves him because of his efforts in preaching peace and ensuring with his encouragement for the people moved ahead. He said that the country should not have repeat of the 2007/8 post election chaos. "A proverbial kikuyu says that when flock leadership fails, the sheep does not reach for grass. There was one man who people detested but I still love him though he is now retired. Moi used to tell us to move ahead and not look back preaching peace everywhere," said Njue.

He added, "so the politicians and the leaders should now that anything that can bring battle or destroy our country should be shunned. They should unite us but not work for separation. We are not ready to have repeat of electoral violence." Njue at the same time said that the husbands and wives should love and take care of each other. He also added that there was need for the church to pray for the country for peace and stability.

"What we are seeing today, from illegal groups like Mungiki and what we witnessed in Limuru recently are as a result of poor family ties between parents and their children. Husbands should love their wives and despite their weaknesses and advice their children on way of life," said Njue.

Njue urged the Kenyan faithful, as the Catholic Church celebrates its 110 years of church service not to forget their heritage adding that it was "We should be actors not spectators. As we celebrate our faith, let it not be a formality but something we will remember always. We should safeguard our heritage which the missionaries brought and interested unto us," said Njue.

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