Mombasa Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva has called on Kenyans to support the church in its nationwide campaign against graft.
The archbishop said the Catholic Church recently declared a six month anti-corruption campaign under the theme ‘breaking the chains of corruption’ which he said should be supported by all.
He said in the campaign Catholic bishops also want to discourage big cash contributions during church fundraising events and restore sanity.
The man of God said corruption is at the heart of the problems bedeviling the country over the decades and that it is time for action adding they are ready to help the government in taming the vice.
He was speaking at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Shanzu parish.
“The church is an important stakeholder and has a critical role to play in checking grand corruption within the society” said archbishop Kivuva.
He went on ‘it is because of the ills of corruption that even public hospitals lack drugs and there are no adequate teachers in public schools”.
Kivuva said the anti corruption crusade will be the church’s contribution to the fight against graft.
He noted corruption now permeates all sector of the economy threatening the collapse of the nation and appealed to the judiciary to ‘put its act together and expedite graft cases’.
“We want all leaders in the national and county governments to shun corruption, the social vice is eating away the fabric of the society,” he noted.
The cleric observed that there is general breakdown in morality among Kenyans saying it was to blame for the runaway corruption that has become a major blot on the country’s reputation.