7 December 2012

Africa: AU Lauds Church's Role in Africa's Development

Nairobi — The Church role in Africa's social, economic and political development is crucial, says the African Union (AU) deputy Chairperson, Mr Erastus Mwencha.

Addressing a three-day international symposium on: The Church in Africa, Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities in Nairobi (December 3-6) and organized by the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), Mr Mwencha said during the early days of the Africa's liberation struggle, the Church played its crucial role and more so on the moral aspect.

"We at the AU arena continue to laud the Church because of its continued support of the AU, formerly the OAU (Organization for African Unity) in many aspects," emphasized Mr Mwencha, who addressed the topic The State of the continent and the role of Church.

It is pleasing to note that the Church has continued to supplement the work of AU in areas such as education, health, and training, which he said were crucial in the social and economic development of the people.

He also lauded the Church commitment to instilling morals in the minds, which he said was central in the social, economic and political leadership of the African continent and its people.

"Our faith-based agenda stems from a realization that AU and member States cannot accomplish their agenda alone...They require the support and commitment of our religious leaders to make it happen", he emphasized.

He reminded that the Church is a moral voice that compels attention, underlines welfare, imperative and fights corruption. It is a rallying point against security, inequality and inequity, he stressed.

"The Church leaders and the preferences of religious communities weigh mainly in the considerations of political leaders and parties and can stand when required as defenders of the common person," he added.

The moral power of the Church is compelling at national, regional, continental, and global levels and the African Union intends to aggregate and harness the power to the development agenda of the continent, stressed Mr Mwencha.

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