Saturday, March 5, 2011

End political bickering, bishops urge

From Kenya-

Anglican bishops have urged the political class to stop bickering and instead focus on implementing the new Constitution.

In a dispatch to newsrooms after a two-day meeting at Nairobi’s All Saints Cathedral, the bishops noted that the nation’s focus should be on reforms, national unity and the fight against corruption and not political bickering and sideshows.

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala who signed the communiqué said the foul language used by politicians was “careless utterances” and reminded them that “leadership came with heavy responsibilities”.

The bishops’ counsel came just a day after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission cautioned Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto to stop using abusive language.

The bishops were categorical that those implicated in corruption scandals should be kicked out because their being in office “threaten(ed) to erode gains made in national reforms".

“All public servants implicated and charged with corruption, impropriety, neglect, abuse of office or any other scandal, must step aside,” they said.

The bishops, who prior to the referendum on the new Constitution six months ago, had campaigned for a ‘No’ vote, said the time had come for Kenyans to support the implementation process because the new law belongs to all Kenyans.

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