Kenya: Haji, Kinoti Praise Catholic Bishops for Banning Huge Cash Donations

The Director Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and his counterpart from Director of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, have lauded Catholic bishops for banning huge cash donations in churches.

In a joint press statement, the two welcomed a declaration by Catholic bishops in the fight against corruption.

This is after the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops outlined measures to be taken in a six-month national campaign by the Catholic faithful in Kenya in support of the fight against corruption.

"We sincerely thank the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops for taking a resolute stand and offering much needed spiritual and moral leadership in the country's fight against corruption. This is a commitment worth emulating," read the statement.

They noted that the stand by the bishops has provided a clear direction though which their faithful can back their faith claims with corresponding practice of morality and accountability.

On Sunday, just a day after the declaration by the bishop, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO, Twalib Mbarak, commended the move calling for proper accountability and transparency in handling of all financial donations to the church.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION

"The decision by the Catholic Church to rally its faithful to strongly support the fight against corruption and ban all donations without proper source is welcomed,"said Mbarak.

On Saturday the Catholic Bishops led by their chairperson, Archbishop Phillip Anyolo, said contributions to the church by leaders, politicians and well-wishers will only be made electronically through banks and mobile money transfer technology.

This, the church leaders said, will help regulate the monies that come into the church.

They also agreed that no politician will address worshipers in all the Catholic Churches across the country.

"Our churches will not be used as political platforms or for any other motive other than for the worship of God," said Bishop Anyolo.

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