KENYA: Bishops Denounce ICPD25 Summit, say Ideologies go Against African Culture, Religious Heritage

NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 (CISA)-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have expressed concern over the motive of the International Conference on Population and Development ICPD25, scheduled for November 12-14 in Nairobi.

“We wish to bring to the attention of all Kenyans our concern on the upcoming Nairobi Summit on ICPD25.This Summit under the guise of advancement and development of women is advocating the so called “sexual and reproductive health and rights” and comprehensive sexuality education” as the way to achieve this development of women,” the bishops said.

The bishops were speaking in Nairobi, on November 8, during a press conference to wrap up their November 2019 plenary assembly, where they noted that there are more real issues concerning women that need to be looked into.

“We do not believe that these are the issues that truly concern the development of women and humanity at large. Any meaningful summit will be expected to focus on a program that targets actions that will uplift women and children living in extreme poverty, migration strategies for development, supporting the family as a basic unit of the society, ending violence against women, as well as ensuring access to employment, land capital and technology among others,” they noted.

They observed that the ideologies centered on gender and other alien practices being introduced by the summit go against African culture and religious heritage.

“We view this as an intent to corrupt our youth and enslave them to foreign ideologies for example, same sex union and active homosexual activities,” they said.

The prelates also expressed concern over the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) crisis where debts are yet to be paid to health facilities, hence interfering with provision of health services to citizens.

“In fact, many of our health facilities and other faith-based health facilities have been experiencing a serious crisis of NHIF non-payments to appoint where it is difficult to procure medicine or pay salaries. If this situation persists, it threatens to cripple important services and therefore deny our people the health care due to them as a right…we are hopeful a solution will be found as soon as possible,” the bishops said.