A section of clerics has faulted the government for failing to address the soaring cost of living that has left a majority of Kenyans at the edge of losing hope.
Under the umbrella of the Federation of Evangelical and Indigenous Christian Churches of Kenya (FEICCK), the members of the clergy claimed the President William Ruto-led administration that continues to burden Kenyans with high taxation has turned a blind eye to the rising cost of living.
Speaking at Ukombozi Retreat Center in Juja, Kiambu County during the ongoing week-long prayer seminar, FEICCK Secretary General Bishop David Thagana also observed that it is inconsiderate that even the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) failed to address the high cost of living following the bipartisan talks.
“Instead of taking into account the economic challenges that continue to bedevil Kenyans, the bipartisan talks committee delved into creating political positions. These positions cannot solve the economic hardships that Kenyans are struggling with. Instead, they will further impoverish the very downtrodden man as they will attract more wage bills,” Thagana regretted.
Thagana, who is also the presiding Bishop of Glory Outreach Assembly Church asserted that the Kenya Kwanza administration must fulfil its campaign promises especially on lowering the cost of living and rejuvenating the country’s limping economy.
“We are demanding that the sitting government fulfils the promises it made to Kenyans. We cannot talk about integrity without the fulfilment of promises made. Kenyans are expectant but continue to lose hope in the wake of increased cost of living,” he stated.
Thagana revealed that the church is bearing the brunt of the government's failures since it has been accused by Kenyans of misleading them into voting for the current regime.
Thagana said that the UDA leaders led by President Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua made promises and outlined agendas of transforming the country that made the church rally its followers into supporting their shot at the presidency.
“We are now being crucified for leading our followers into supporting the government that they say has failed them. We are reminding our leaders that they used our platforms to rally for support and we therefore must continue holding them accountable,” the bishop stated.
Irked by the creeping back of the corruption dragon in the government which poses a huge threat to the country’s economic growth, the clerics called on the government to adopt stern measures to slay the graft dragon including arresting and prosecuting all government officers implicated in corrupt dealings.
They expressed concerns that should all the taxes that Kenyans are paying end up being looted or misappropriated by unscrupulous individuals, Kenya will continue to lag on matters of development.
Their sentiments came after the unmasking of a Ksh16.5 billion edible oils scandal that has implicated members of the President’s Cabinet, which has been a slap in the face of Kenyans.
Reverend Peter Wagura said that the graft fight should be directed at the ‘big fish’ who are looting public coffers through shady means.
“It is no longer business as usual for Kenyans. Meeting daily and monthly obligations has become a daunting task even as those in leadership continue to mismanage our resources. We are demanding for a spirited fight to end corruption for the sake of our economy,” Wagura stated.
Bishop Juma Ndaizei from Burundi called on leaders to uphold integrity to steer the country towards growth and transformation saying that poor leadership will lead to a social, economic and political crisis.