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Kenya’s bishops say more must be done to stop corruption

Kenya’s Catholic bishops have urged the government to intensify its efforts to eliminate corruption in the country.

“The disease of corruption … seems to be perpetrated without shame or fear,” the bishops said.

“That now there are allegations of mismanagement of funds meant for health services yet again brings the country to another low. We are left wondering what is exactly going on,” they said in a statement issued on 11th November, after their meeting in Kakamega.

They said they wondered if Kenyans were “being treated to propaganda as a campaign tool for 2017,” when Kenya holds its next general elections. The bishops also warned against pre-election violence and hate speech and noted that candidates have abandoned their responsibilities to campaign full time.

“We must never allow ourselves to be used for political expediency every election period, only to be left wounded, maimed, hopeless and divided more than ever before,” the bishops said.

Picture: Protesters in Nairobi, Kenya, wear mock prison uniforms and stand behind a false prison to demand that corrupt government officials be jailed. (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA).