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Do Good to All People

Press Statement

The NCCK Nyeri County Coordinating Committee met here at ACK Mt. Kenya Guest House on March 22, 2024, to transact formal business and reflect on issues of concern to the citizens.

The delegates were inspired by scripture drawn from Proverbs 10: 5

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Having considered the state of our county and the nation, we now share the following message.

  1. Implement Alcoholic Drinks Control Law

The residents of Nyeri County and the wider nation continue to suffer the consequences of uncontrolled alcohol use and abuse of drugs and substances. This trend has been marked by broken families, an increase in Gender Based Violence, rampant dropping out of schools, and a rapid increase in depression and cases of suicide. As a result, many of our men have failed to play their roles, leading to a slow emasculation of our society.

In this regard, we commend the County Government of Nyeri for passing the Alcoholic Drinks Control law. We call upon Governor Mutahi Kahiga to spearhead the speedy implementation of the law to curb the menace of illicit brews. It would be prudent to join hands and synergize with the national government to benefit from the campaign being spearheaded by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in this regard.

On our part as the church, we are fully committed to supporting the fight against illicit brews and abuse of drugs and substances. We reiterate our commitment to continue using our pulpits to promote sobriety in our communities.

  • Address Cost of Living

We have taken keen note and are concerned about the slow progress in the implementation of promises and commitments made by the county and national governments. The most troubling is the failure to implement policies and measures that meaningfully cut down the cost of living, contrary to what was promised during the elections. Quite notably, the persistent increases in taxation is hurting our people by creating panic and psychological instability.

Further to this, it is a major concern for us when the Members of Parliament in our areas come out to confess that they passed the Finance Act 2023 without reading it. We elected them to review and pass laws, and this confession means they have failed in their main duty. This is something that we will encourage voters to consider in future elections.

In the meantime, we call upon the national and country governments to reassure the citizens by reducing the taxation levels. This will give citizens a chance to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and persistent droughts.

  • Resolve the Healthcare Crisis Speedily

We are concerned that the country is going through a healthcare crisis. The transition from the National Health Insurance Fund to the Social Health Insurance Fund is extremely slow and not well understood. As a result, many patients are suffering greatly as health facilities quietly decline to treat them based on the NHIF. We call upon the government to speed up the transition and to especially undertake widespread civic education on the same.

In addition, we call upon all county governments across the country to hold meaningful dialogue with doctors and other medics to resolve the emerging crisis due to strikes.

  • Educate People on the NADCO Report

We have reviewed the report by the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) that was presented to and passed by Parliament. We are aware that the focus has now shifted to implementation through the formulation of laws and policies. There is however a major concern that most Kenyans are not aware of the proposals made in the NADCO report or the implications when these are implemented.

We call upon the National Assembly to put in place a nationwide civic education programme so that Kenyans are aware of the measures that are being implemented.

  • Call to Support NCCK Scholarship Programme

We in the National Council of Churches of Kenya have been providing scholarships for 63 students in Secondary Schools each year. However, the number of needy students remains very high. We now welcome all Kenyans to support our scholarship programme by contributing one shilling and fifty cents each day by sending an SMS written ELIMU to 29888. Let us pool our resources to support our children to go through secondary school.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we thank God for the peace that continues to prevail in our nation. We call upon all elected leaders at the county and national levels to focus on the welfare of the people, keeping in mind the inspiration of Galatians 6: 10

Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people.

May the Lord bless our great County!

Signed

Rev Patrick Kimathi

Chairman

NCCK Nyeri County Coordinating Committee

July 2024
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