KENYA: Bishops Condemn Violence and Destruction of Property in the Country

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 21, 2017 (CISA) – “We are saddened by the news that some Kenyans have lost lives in some areas of Nairobi and Nyanza. We are equally saddened to hear and see rampart destruction of property and disruption of business of Kenyans as witnessed in the recent past,” the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said today in statement sent to CISA.

“We condemn all acts of violence and killings witnessed in these areas. We condole with the families that have lost their loved ones in these unclear circumstances, especially in the recent past,” read the statement signed by Bishop Philip Anyolo, Chairman KCCB.

The bishops appealed to all the politicians and other people to work toward unifying the country and shun divisive politics and reckless utterances which lead to animosity and violence, and also called upon the Government and its security agencies to protect Kenyans and their properties from criminals, regardless of their political affiliation.

“The Government security agencies should bring to book all the criminals currently perpetrating violence on poor Kenyans by killing, destroying property and disrupting businesses,” said the bishops.

The bishops called upon the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Kenya National Human Rights Commission, the Directorate of Public Prosecution and other agencies to act with objectivity to ensure that all those involved in criminal acts are judged and prosecuted.

They further urged all Kenyans to embrace peace and resist any attempt to persuade them in engaging in criminal activities. “In particular, we urge our young people not to allow themselves to be manipulated by politicians to cause violence and destroy property,” stated the bishops.

The prelates sent their condolences to the families and relatives of those who have recently lost their loved ones through road accidents, especially at Salgaa and other areas of Kenya and called on all road users to adhere to road safety rules, especially as we enter into schools’ holiday and Christmas festivities.