THE Catholic Church has called on the government to intensify security at places of worship to protect them from attacks by terrorists.
Bishop Philip Sulumet of the Kakamega diocese yesterday reiterated on the need for realignment of security organs to confront the new threats by organised terror grouping. "This will prevent further attacks to the Christian faithful who have been left scared with a lot of unanswered questions. A number of them are now scared of going to church for prayers and have resorted to offering prayers from home or watching televisions to follow prayer sessions," said Sulumet.
He was speaking at Bulimbo in Matungu during the Kakamega County Catholic sponsored schools education-cum prize giving day. He petitioned the government to thoroughly hunt and arrest criminals who killed innocent Kenyans in Garissa a week ago when two churches were raided and over 17 lives lost in cold blood. "Kenyans of all walks should also join hands in condemning the killers of peace loving people of God plus others injured from criminal activities" he added.
The bishop noted that while the attacks are cowardly actions perpetrated by criminals, should not be viewed as a clash of religions saying Kenyans have always been tolerant of each other's religious beliefs and no one should be allowed to sow seeds of discontent. "We must not allow our quest for lasting peace, call for national unity and reconciliation process be derailed by the cowardly inhuman activities of a few criminals" he advised. He appealed to all Kenyans to be concerned with each other's security and not leave security matters to police alone saying the country has less number of security agents compared to the massive population of security seekers.