Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "Corruption is a cancer that has pervaded every sector of our society, and which the current laws have proved inadequate to address. There is therefore an urgent need to take radical action to eradicate it and give the nation a new beginning. It is in this regard that we urge His Excellency the President to declare corruption a national disaster to facilitate adoption of extra-ordinary measures to deal with it", said a Kenyan inter-religious group in a press statement.
The Dialogue Reference group, that is led by its Chairman Archbishop Martin Kivuva of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa, and its Vice Chairman, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, (NCCK) Rev Canon Peter Karanja recommended that a new law should be introduced to give amnesty to offenders who confess and give back to the State their loot, and provide very severe penalties and prosecution of corrupt offenders".
In 2018 Kenya ranked 143th out of 180 regarding the perceived corruption index developed by Transparency International.
The National Dialogue Framework identified other national issues that the government needs to address. They include Promoting devolution, Acceleration of Service delivery, Security Sector reforms, Constitutional and legal reforms, Promotion of National cohesion, and the audit and closure of the 2017 General elections.
The Dialogue Reference Group invited all stake holders to participate in the first National Dialogue Conference scheduled for August 7-9, 2018 at the Bomas of Kenya. The team also urged the National Assembly to reconsider and reduce the enhanced taxation proposed in the resent National Budget to avoid further impoverishing Kenyans, and recommended that state agencies responsible for quality standards checks on consumer goods who have allowed substandard and contaminated products be charged.
Religious institutions represented during the launch include the Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK), Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF), Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA), the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) and the Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Association. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 9/7/2018)