Nairobi, 25 May, 2020 / 10:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishops in Kenya are concerned about the “divisive politics” being witnessed in the country at a time when political leaders are expected to demonstrate the unity of purpose in the fight against COVID-19.
In a collective message read out at the end of the Sunday, May 24 televised Mass, the Bishops call on political leaders in the East African nation to be at “the service of Kenyans.”
“We are concerned about the current political mood in the country,” Bishop Dominic Kimengich who presided over the televised Mass at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi said, cautioning politicians that “this is not the time for politics.”
The concern of the Bishops is based on the wrangles within Kenya’s ruling political party Jubilee that seem to demonstrate a fall out between the President and the Deputy President. The fall out has seen legislators affiliated to either parties engage in political rhetoric, including effecting changes in leadership at the Senate, events that have put the country in a tense “political mood” with 2022 general elections overtones.
According to the Catholic Bishops, these political wrangles pitting the President against his Deputy are derailing the focus on the current needs of the citizens of the East African nation who are battling with COVID-19 related restrictions to make ends meet.