Catholic Bishops call for urgent review of the constitution

Catholic Bishops during a briefing in Nairobi.PHOTO: MICHAEL MBUGUA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Catholic clergy have now called for an urgent attention in the review of the constitution in light of the contentious issues that emerged during the recent elections.

The leaders tend to believe that by doing so, it will iron out the differences that have been separating Kenyans.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Friday, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishop (KCCB) Chairman Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, said there is a need for an all-inclusive roundtable conference that will involve all stakeholders in the process of resolving all shortcomings that have been noted at every electioneering period.

The leaders are of the idea that, the conference should also look at how the presidency can be structured so that it is above political parties and not a position of a power struggle that is bitterly contested as it has happened in the 2007 and 2017 presidential elections.

“ As we continue to urge and hope that things will be better, as the goodwill of the handshake provides an opportunity for Kenyans to seek and engage in dialogue, we your Shepherds wish to express our commitment in pursuing a path that helps Kenyans to focus more in building a nation that is conscious of its responsibility towards its citizens’” Said Anyolo.

He said that there is also need to look at the whole electoral system as to whether it is the best way of getting the right leaders to rule this country, as the current system is open to manipulation and has entrenched the evil of vote buying and other forms of bribery.

The leaders led by Cardinal John Njue was of the idea that, the roundtable conference should also look at how to strengthen the place and role of the opposition in order to keep in check the government in power.

The leaders moreover, condemned a section of politicians that are endlessly in campaign mode and are now obsessed with the coming 2022 elections instead of focusing on solving the pertinent issues affecting Kenyans.

They also condemned corruption that has engulfed the economy of the country which is been engineered by county governments who instead of growing the economy and improving people life are busy employing their political cronies and relatives to top positions and they make no effort in addressing the issue of unemployment and other ills that need to be tackled at the county level.

“Some counties practice open tribalism hence perpetuating this vice that is destroying our country. In these counties, only people from the dominant tribe are employed. Which is no longer about service delivery and professionalism but ‘our turn to eat’. Said Anyolo.

The move comes amid President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga decided to join hands with an aim of uniting all Kenyans.