The Star (Nairobi)

9 January 2013

Kenya: Limuru Clerics Reject MPs Bid to Lock Them Out of CDF Cash

Limuru Constituency Senior Clergy Forum has asked President Kibaki not to assent to the bill seeking to remove them from the CDF board.

The pastors led by Bishop Gerishon Njoroge of Wings of Life (chairman), Bishop Harun Ngaruiya of Soul Winning Churches International (vice chairman) and Bishop John Waichere of Springs of Bethel (treasurer) said the current MPs are selfish and corrupt.

At the same time, the clergy asked the government to ban a set-book which they said promote gay and lesbianism in schools.

They said the proposal to bar them from the CDF board is a ploy by MPs to stop them from exposing the legislators' shady deals.

"We are requesting President Kibaki not to sign the bill which is aimed at denying the clergy a right to become CDF members. We are the eyes of the people and the MPs want to keep corruption in the CDF committees," Njoroge said.

"The church has been vocal on CDF fund and recently the National Council of Churches of Kenya conducted a survey through us and the report showed how most of the public money has been misused. Think has led to the bill seeking to remove us."

Njoroge accused the Kenya Institute of Education of allowing and passing the book, The Whale Rider, to be used as a setbook in secondary schools.

The book is written by New Zealand gay author Witi Ihimaera, and was introduced in February last year.

Education minister Mutula Kilonzo has called for the banning of the book.

Njoroge said the book should be suspended to allow the government to scrutinise its content.

"First, this book has been written by a gay person and either directly or indirectly, he seems to be driving the agenda which is illegal in our country to our children. The book is not fit and KIE should shoulder the blame for being irresponsible," said Njoroge.

Meanwhile, the clergy who were addressing the press at Lighthouse Bible College in Limuru said that they are going to hold a prayer rally at Kenya Assemblies of God church in Limuru coming Sunday for Kiambu County and the country. "We have invited all the parliamentary hopefuls, County representatives, and Senator and governor aspirants for a joint prayer meeting to pray for peace and unity for our county and the country so that we do not have a reoccurrence of 2007/8 election violence," said Njoroge. End... Photos/Njenga Gicheha

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