Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "We really want national leaders, it is not enough to say 'sisi watu wa Kenya' ( 'we people of Kenya', in Swahili) while their actions say otherwise", said His Exc. Mgr. Emmanuel Barbara, Bishop of Malindi, in an interview with Catholic Mirror, the monthly promoted by the Episcopal Conference of Kenya,
Mgr. Barbara invites Kenyans to vote for honest candidates in the 2017 general election, who have at heart the interest of the whole nation, overcoming ethnic and tribal divisions. The Catholic Bishops, along with leaders of other religious confessions in Kenya, expressed their concern regarding further violence that may occur during the election campaign (see Fides 30/05/2016).
In April, the concluding statement of the Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference denounced the evils that afflict the Country, starting with the corruption of politics and tribalism (see Fides 12/04/2016). Religious leaders also denounced the creation of militias to sow violence in view of the elections (see Fides 01/04/2016).
Mgr. Barbara therefore calls on the Government to consult with the Church to deal with national issues and stressed that if "the Church has different ideas compared to the government", it operates "with good intentions for its people".
Recalling that "the Catholic Church is the main sponsor of the educational and health facilities in the Country", the Bishop of Malindi deplored that he was not consulted by the government with regards to the issue of anti-tetanus vaccinations for girls and women of childbearing age, which it is feared may hide a birth control program (see Fides 19/11/2014). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 06/06/2016)