FOR THE LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY “……Stay with us Lord” Luke 24:29
Message of Hope to the Church and the People of Kenya
We the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops continue to pray for our Country that we may as a Nation under God be of the same mind and spirit (cf. Eph 4: 2-5) at all times. We have observed the recent happenings mainly instigated by political interests at the expense of innocent Kenyans.
We know that the Supreme Court nullified the Presidential Election on September 1 2017 and the IEBC has set a new date for the fresh Presidential Election for October 26, 2017. The unending election standoff has worsened the economic and social conditions of our people; our Country is getting more and more divided along political and ethnic lines; the anxiety our children experience every day as regards to their exams; the travellers that are afraid to travel because of demonstrations. During the mass action activities along the streets, citizens are living in fear that they will be teargassed or shot at or raped and their properties looted. Millions are suffering because of the ongoing drought in some parts of our Country. Our nurses and health workers have been on strike and patients are suffering across the nation, the state of the economy is worsening and remains unaddressed. We call for an end to this neglect and abandon of the lives and affairs of our people. As Catholic Bishops, this cannot continue to happen under our watch.
Amidst all these concerns, anxiety and challenges, we are convinced that God is with us. We the Bishops see that the current crisis can offer Kenya an opportunity to carry out honest dialogue about the underlying unresolved grievances, concerns and anguish.
We urge all Catholics, Christians and Kenyans of good will to approach the election with calm and restraint. If the election on October 26th goes on as scheduled, we call upon Kenyans to turn out and exercise their democratic right peacefully. If for any reason the election is rescheduled, we call on Kenyans to remain calm and peaceful knowing well that the institutions responsible for giving us direction are well able to offer the new direction.
We Catholic Bishops and other Religious leaders have been offering leadership and are engaged with all the political parties and stakeholders in the electoral processes. Because of the gravity of the crisis the Country is in at the moment, we have chosen to convene, facilitate and mediate high level talks on resolving the political crisis so that we steer the Country to stability and cohesion. We shall in concurrence with H.E The President, Uhuru Kenyatta and the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and their political coalitions agree on the agenda of the National Dialogue. We call on all Kenyans to desist from any act of violence. Our only way forward is to dialogue. On our part we are committed to resolving this political stalemate.
God has given us only one Country, our Nation Kenya, and it is upon every Kenyan to stand firm and say no to anything that will take us away from the peace and the Country that God has given us. Recently during our “National Prayer Day at Subukia”, we consecrated our Nation to God and to our Mother Mary. We are sure that God will never permit His children to perish. We therefore call upon all to use the weapon of prayer, the weapon of good will and love of neighbour.
For Catholics in particular we call upon you to pray the Rosary as a weapon of peace, during this month of the Holy Rosary and beyond.
We only have Kenya: Long live Kenya, Long live Peace.
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo
KENYA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Thursday, 12th October 2017
Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa – Vice -Chairman/Ngong
His Eminence John Cardinal Njue – Nairobi
Most Rev. Zacchaeus Okoth – Kisumu
Most. Rev. Anthony Muheria – Nyeri
-Apostolic Administrator, Machakos
Most Rev. Martin Kivuva Musonde – Mombasa
Rt. Rev. Cornelius K. Arap Korir – Eldoret
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mairura Okemwa – Kisii
Rt. Rev. Norman King’oo Wambua – Bungoma
Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara – Marsabit
Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich – KCCB
Rt. Rev. David Kamau Ng’ang’a- Auxiliary – Nairobi
Rt. Rev. Anthony Ireri Mukobo – Isiolo Vicariate
Rt. Rev. Virgilio Pante – Maralal
Rt. Rev. Salesius Mugambi – Meru
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo – Kericho
Rt. Rev. James Maria Wainaina – Murang’a
Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru – Embu
Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba – Nakuru
Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich – Lodwar
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia – Nyahururu
Rt. Rev. Joseph Alessandro – Garissa
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Barbara – Malindi
Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi Sagwe – Kakamega
Very Rev. Benjamin K. Maswili -Apostolic Administrator, Military Ordinariate