23 April 2019

Kenya: Church Urged to Vet Funders as Part of Graft Fight

Nairobi — The church has been challenged to rethink its strategy while mobilising for resources to ensure illegally acquired resources don't get their way to the pulpit.

The Head of Anglican Church in Kenya, Jackson ole Sapit says to fight corruption, the church must desist from hyping those giving the money and instead encourage people including politicians to do it silently.

He said the matter has so far attracted "mixed reactions as some church leaders say they can't identify clean and dirty money. Let us learn as a church to worship God with our resources quietly. Let us not hide behind this thing called harambees and guest of honours."

There have been concerns that some politicians have been spending millions of questionable cash in places of worship while using it to woo supporters.

He was speaking during a multi-sectoral initiative against corruption press briefing Tuesday where he challenged Kenyans to support the renewed war on graft.

"The pulpit should only be for the worship leaders," he said.

On public debt, he cautioned that unless Kenyans see value, it will remain a burden on their shoulders.

"It is worrying that we continue to commit our revenue heavily to paying debts at the expense of development and essential services," he pointed out.

He called on the government to "know" how to manage the current debt without going for more.

His sentiments come as President Uhuru Kenyatta leads a delegation to China, during which he is set to seek a Sh380 billion loan for Phase 3 of the Standard Gauge Railway from Naivasha to Kisumu.

The African Union Commission High Representative for Infrastructure Development Raila Odinga will accompany Kenyatta to China.

READ: Kenyatta to attend infrastructure summit in Beijing next week

The government is understood to have proposed the splitting of the cost for the 270 km line into a loan and grant.

During his September 2018 visit to Beijing, Kenyatta signed a deal for the construction of two roads in the North Eastern region - Modogashe-Habaswein-Samatar road and Elwak-Rhamu road - at the cost of Sh15 billion.

The country is currently completing the second phase of a 120 km SGR line linking the capital to Naivasha at the cost of Sh150 billion.

The line connecting the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi has been operational since May 31, 2017.

The 485 km Mombasa-Nairobi link was completed at the cost of Sh327 billion.

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