CARE FOR KENYANS

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Press Statement

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The National Council of Churches of Kenya – NCCK, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) in Nairobi Region have held a forum to assess the state of the nation and make recommendations for peace, cohesion and wellbeing of the people.

During the forum, the delegates drawn from Nairobi and Kiambu counties, took to mind the words of the National Anthem:

O God of all creation, bless this our land and nation, Justice be our shield and defender

May we dwell in unity, Peace and Liberty, Plenty be found within our borders

Having considered the state of affairs in Nairobi Region and the wider nation, we now wish to share the following message.

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We note with deep concern the growing display of dishonesty by elected and nominated leaders in the nation. The warning of God in Leviticus 19: 11 is very clear:

Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.

We remind all political leaders that Kenyans trusted them and elected them to the positions they hold, and persistently lying and acting without integrity is a terrible betrayal of this public confidence. Kenyans are fully able to handle truth, and Kenya will thrive when we all shed off lies and deceptions.

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We in this forum have noted with appreciation the progress made by the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) despite the emerging hiccups. The commencement and progress of the dialogue process has given the country hope, and especially benefitted our Nairobi County by bringing to an end the devastating demonstrations witnessed earlier in the year.

We call upon the actors in the Bi-Partisan talks to carry the process to the end and provide a people-oriented solution to the country. Of key urgency is the need to facilitate recruitment of commissioners for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Without a properly constituted IEBC, we as a nation will get into a constitutional crisis if the boundaries review process is not completed within the stipulated timeliness, a predicament we need to avoid.

On their part, we encourage County Governors to also embrace dialogue and consultations as a way to end the constant tussles with Members of County Assemblies so as to safeguard service delivery.

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The people of Kenya are suffering. The insensitive changes in policies and socio-economic models have devastated livelihoods and condemned millions of people into abject poverty. More and more people are sleeping hungry and going without health care. This situation requires urgent remedy to give the people hope and sustenance even as the government works to revive the economy.

Towards this, we recommend the following key actions be taken urgently:

a) Suspend the implementation of the higher taxes introduced through the Finance Act 2023 to give Kenyans and businesses a chance to recover. This will actually lead to higher tax income for the government.

b) Deliberate measures should be taken to reduce expenditure by both national and county governments. The massive wastage being witnessed and flaunted is really heartbreaking for Kenyans who are toiling hard to pay taxes.

c) There is need for public discourse on measures to end corruption which has permeated every sector of our county and the entire nation.

d) We call for speedy and open investigations into the circumstances bedeviling the fuel sector leading to high and unsustainable pump prices. Any and all persons found culpable should be removed from holding public office for causing such suffering to Kenyans.

e) We call upon the government to make public the details and conditionalities attached to loans and other international agreements that Kenyans will be paying for.

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We have noted that increasingly, governments at both county and national levels are making life-changing decisions without engaging in meaningful public participation as is anticipated in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Even when public participation is called, it has been found wanting, tending to be mere whitewashing instead of gathering input from the people. This trend needs to be stopped.

We therefore call upon His Excellency Governor Johnson Sakaja to deliberately involve the people in the implementation and monitoring of the major processes taking place in the County. These include the school feeding programme and restructuring of hawking in the Central Business District.

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In conclusion, we commend the people of Nairobi and Kiambu counties for upholding peace and cohesion. We encourage you to continue building on your resilience to environmental and social-political shocks so that we can live out the aspiration of our National Anthem:

Let all with one accord, in common bond united, build this our nation together. And the glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labour, fill every heart with thanksgiving.

We in the National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims wish all Kenyans a merry Christmas holiday and a blessed and God-filled New Year 2024.

Signed on this 22nd day of November 2023 at Ufungamano House, Nairobi

Rev Dr Alphonse Kanga

National Council of Churches of Kenya

Eric Nyanumba

Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops – CJPD

Umar Yunus

Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims

March 2024
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