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In pursuing its Christian calling, the Council shall uphold:
NCCK Chair Canon Rosemary Mbogo & Gen. Sec. Reverend Canon Peter Karanja are flanked by Church leaders during a Press Conference in Limuru following a two-day meeting of Executive Committee
RESOLVE CORRUPTION NOW!
The Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has met here at Jumuia Conference and Country Home, Limuru, for a two-day meeting to transact statutory business and discuss matters of national importance. During the meeting, we reflected on 1 Kings 21: 1 – 24 which details the incident where King Ahab corruptly and forcefully acquired another man’s farm with the intention of turning it into his vegetable garden.
We especially took note of the fact that corruption has pervaded every sector of our society, and threatens to cripple the nation with the attendant rise in cost of doing business, collapse of service delivery in the public sector and ultimately an economic meltdown. It is unfortunate that as a nation, we cannot show significant achievement in the fight against corruption despite the immense financial, legislative and infrastructural investment made over the decades.
B.The Saddest Day for Kenya
This Executive Committee notes that in the fight against corruption, the saddest day for Kenyans this year was on 19th October when they watched the proceedings of the Anticorruption summit on live television. It was heartbreaking to watch as the institutions that are constitutionally and legislatively mandated to eradicate corruption engaged in escapist blame games, exasperating the President who caused hopelessness in Kenyans by asking what he was expected to do.
From Parliament, Kenyans hear of rent-seeking by watchdog committees which extort money from suspected public servants and businesses so as to cover up corruption and help them escape the consequences.
Indeed there are grave suspicions that the investigators, the prosecutors and judicial officers in the value chain are offered bribes to sabotage anti-corruption initiatives thus making the vice a gravy train.
Whereas politicians across the divide make the fight against corruption a campaign platform, their track record when in power is totally uninspiring, disappointing repeatedly when offered the opportunity.
As one corruption scandal has been followed by another, no decisive action has been taken on the suspected perpetrators. This confirms the warning carried in Ecclesiastes 8: 11 – “When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of people are filled with schemes to do wrong”. It is no surprise to us that every corruption scandal that goes unpunished emboldens others to similarly plunder public resources. As the Bible teaches, the surest solution to corruption and crime is punishment of the same.
Journalists from various media houses cover the event at Jumuia Conference and Country Home, Limuru
C. Disband the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission
This Executive Committee is fully convinced that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has become part of the endemic deception and fraud and as currently structured may even be a hindrance to the fight against corruption. It has not fulfilled its core mandate as enshrined in the law that established it, and Kenyans cannot justify the costs associated with keeping it operational.
We therefore call upon His Excellency the President to personally take charge and spearhead the repeal of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission Act 2011 by Parliament.
In its place, we recommend that a directorate to deal with investigation and prosecution of corruption be established under the Office of the President so that the Executive takes full responsibility on matters corruption. In so doing, the current and future presidents, elected directly by majority of Kenyans, will never have an excuse not to deal conclusively with the corruption vice which will otherwise bring the country to its knees.
D. Dealing with Past Corruption
This Executive Committee condemns in the strongest terms possible the actions of those who have engaged in all manner of corruption since our nation got independence. We wish to call to your attention the directives given in Numbers 5: 5 – 7
“The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘When a man or woman wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord, that person is guilty and must confess the sin he has committed. He must make full restitution for his wrong, add one fifth to it and give it all to the person he has wronged.”
To enable the country make a fresh start, this Executive Committee calls upon Kenyans to debate and consider a redemptive strategy to deal with past corruption. We recommend that past perpetrators of corruption be considered for amnesty from prosecution on condition that:
It will be critical for these proposals to be provided for in legislation and the constitution as the need may be. NCCK invites like-minded Kenyans to join in pushing for this action, and to spearhead a popular amendment of the constitution should Parliament fail to enact the necessary changes.
Executive Committee delegates follow proceedings during a press conference addressed by the General Secretary
E. Reforms in Education Sector
This Executive Committee takes note of and commends the Ministry of Education for putting in place measures to ensure that the national examinations this year were scandal-free. This is in addition to the other reforms that are ongoing in the sector, including the review of the curriculum. It is heart warming to know that the corruption that has for years manifested itself in leakages of national examinations has been tamed. We pray that the systems being put in place will hold for posterity. We especially wish to single out the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr Fred Matiangi, and commend him for leading from the front in determining the aspirations in the ministry and making the necessary sacrifices to achieve them.
F. Secure the 2017 General Elections
This Executive Committee notes that in the course of this year, great strides have been made to effect electoral reforms. These are commendable. We urge Kenyans to take time to pray for the Selection Panel for Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) so that they complete their work expediently and diligently. Let us also pray that the Selection Panel will identify Commissioners who will inspire confidence in Kenyans.
While we commend the IEBC for the measures being put in place to prepare for the 2017 General Elections, we urge them to bear in mind the crisis of lack of confidence surrounding them and seek to show complete integrity and transparency in all the things they do.
G. Resolve the Health Workers’ Strike
This Executive Committee is appalled at the casual manner in which the strike by doctors and nurses in the public sector has been handled by all parties. It is sad and painful to watch Kenyans suffer because the national and county governments appear unable to settle the dispute with doctors and nurses soberly and responsibly. This fiasco is endangering the lives of ordinary Kenyans who have become the proverbial grass that hurts when two bulls fight. We call upon His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta to personally take charge of the issue as he did with the teachers and bring sanity to the dispute.
The Executive Committee recognizes that corruption is a cancer that destroys a country from within. And like cancer, there must be deliberate action to uproot it from our midst by taking radical measures against it before it destroys all of us.
On our part as NCCK, we remain committed to preaching against corruption as it is sin akin to idolatry and worship of mammon. We have committed to build consensus amongst ourselves not to solicit for funds from persons who have expressed interest in elective positions next year. We also urge our brothers in and sisters in other churches to equally confront corruption so that we uproot this sin from our midst.
May God bless Kenya and be with us always.
Signed on this 7th day of December 2016 at Jumuia Conference and Country Home, Limuru.
Rev Canon Rosemary Mbogoh Chairperson
Rev Canon Peter Karanja General Secretary