Written by Eric Lumbasi
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As Kenyans experience the unmasking of several financial scandals linked to a couple of ministries in the Kenyan Government, the Catholic Church has strongly condemned the acts and calling upon the syndicates to do away with the self-willed attitude for the sake of the less fortunate in the society.
While gracing an occasion at St. Leo Catholic Church Kimilili on Sunday, Bungoma Diocese Bishop Norman King’oo Wambua said it’s a pity that the scandals keep on surfacing yet the one who keeps on suffering is the ordinary Mwananchi.
He cited the ongoing NHIF saga where at the centre of controversy is the insurance cover for civil servants, as well as the police which the ministry of public service contacted the fund to implement from the start of 2012. Allegations later surfaced that the scheme had been mismanaged with fraud.
Wambua also pointed out the Free Primary Education scandal where a total of 4.2 billion shilling to support the scheme was misappropriated with the graft linked to the Minister for Education Prof. Sam Ongeri who has since been moved to the ministry of foreign affairs.
He called upon the institutions and committees involved in looking upon such matters to be tough in their investigations so as to curb such vices from their recommendations and action in the future.
However, he called upon Christians to be prayerful and commit Kenya before God especially as we near the next general election so as not to experience the chaos and violence as that of after the 2007/2008 general elections.
He further urged parents to be supportive in raising their children under good morals as well as help them nurture their talents saying they bare the greatest responsibility in shaping their future.
“Everyone was with a talent, the only way to benefit from it is to discover and nurture it, it is a gift from God and we need to make use of it,” said Wambua.
The Bishop challenged men in the society to take up lead roles in issues affecting religion and their faith rather than just being on the frontline in matters pertaining politics and traditional cultural practices among the communities they come from.
“Men as heads of the house should take control of all the matters and should not shy away from their faith as it also shapes your families an your children will always look upon you to provide the way to and show direction in their lives” added Wambua.
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