In his April 30 homily, Archbishop Muheria invited politicians to embrace the truth, forgive one another, and sanitize their language in the example of President Kibaki.
“Let us reflect what Kibaki did to the ordinary people without seeking political mileage. Let us embrace truth in leadership; let us serve not seek; let us protect the truth and not seek pride and self-glorification,” he said.
The Kenyan Archbishop added, “Many times in our dear nation, we have slipped away into the slope of selfishness of greedy goals of fake truths, because if God is not with me, I am fake.”
The Archbishop cautioned against hate speech and public utterances that demean others and called for “a special sanitizer to disinfect our toxic mouths.”
There is a “new mouth COVID,” he said, and added, “Sanitize our mouth, our hands … but more our mouths; let's get the toothpaste sanitizer. That's how we keep the faith.”
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“God wants us to rein in our mouths. Kibaki never said a remark against his competitors; he used jokes but never pointed a finger directly at his rivals,” Archbishop Muheria said.
He urged Kenyan politicians to forgive one another and move on with building the nation. The Archbishop said, “Let us learn to pardon each other. Let us seek reconciliation since this is what Kibaki would ask. We will only be worthy children to him if we listen to his words and live to his spirit.”
He continued, “Let us not behave like a village hen, which lays an egg and makes noise for everyone to know. The hen only sees itself and does not know others. Let us mind our brothers and struggle for what is just, merciful and truthful.”
The Catholic Church leader challenged Kenyan politicians to foster mutual forgiveness saying that in his political career that spanned over five decades, President Kibaki “knew how to forgive and he never took offense.”
He posed in reference to the late former President, “Why are we Kenyans so easily cheated and lied to, hijacked to hatred of our own brother and sister? Today, he would tell us to love the other Kenyan.”
“Kenyans, why do we find it difficult to forgive? This statesman had no enemies; he took no offense. Why is it that we are cheated out of hatred?” Archbishop Muheria further posed.
He added, ‘Let's learn to say, sorry, God, I stumbled. And also say here I am Lord to serve you and to serve our nation; our nation needs you; God needs you; society needs you, because we must bring goodness.”
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.