AFRICA/KENYA - "Ensure a safe country for us and future generations with respect for human rights", asks Cardinal Njue

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - Combining the needs of security with respect for human rights, without discrimination of religion , tribe or ethnicity. This is what the main Christian denominations in Kenya have asked on behalf of Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi, during a press conference held in the All Saints Cathedral Church in the Kenyan capital, addressing a common message to the faithful for Easter.
In Kenya after the recent attacks attributed to the Shabaab Somali, security forces have launched a major campaign to search for the suspects, that have raised criticisms and concerns on behalf of various humanitarian agencies for fear of discrimination against refugees and citizens of Somali origin. Since April 4, 4,000 people have been arrested throughout Kenya and particularly in the Somali neighborhood of Nairobi, Eastleigh. After being detained in police centers or stadiums to be identified and questioned, some of those arrested were later released while 82 Somalis were expelled from the Country.
"We urge the President and all relevant government agencies to intensify their ongoing efforts and ensure a safe Country for us and future generations", said the Cardinal. At the same time he asked security agencies to handle the ongoing operation in a humane manner as "the dignity of life should at all times remain a priority".
Cardinal Njue recalled the spread of illegal arms in the Country, which has reached "alarming" levels and contributes to violent crimes. "Armed robbery, cattle rustling, wildlife poaching, rape and other petty crimes should also be dealt with", said the Cardinal, who denounced the fact that "behind every illegal firearm there lies a tale of corruption and negligence". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 16/04/2014)