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New Bishop urges Kenyans to support peace initiatives and tackle corruption

Posted on: October 31, 2019 11:56 AM
Ven Simon Onyango
Photo Credit: Anglican Church of Kenya Facebook page
Related Categories: corruption, Kenya, Maseno South, Reconciliation

[ACNS, by Rachel Farmer] A newly elected Kenyan bishop has called on churches to support the fight against corruption and rally behind initiatives being made to unite the country.

Bishop-elect of Maseno South Diocese in the Church of Province of Kenya, Simon Onyango, encouraged Christians to support the Building Bridges Initiative, looking at changes in the structure of government and attempting to address historical injustices in the country.

Speaking at St John’s Church in Migori, following his election as bishop, he said the church should question the huge donations it receives during harambees (fund raising events), especially when contributions surpassed the monthly salaries of the givers. His statement follows comments from Anglican leaders about large donations to churches from politicians.

“As a church, the Anglican Church of Kenya has already agreed to help in tackling corruption and the best way is through questioning the contributions we get,” the Bishop said.

He urged Christians across the country to support the Building Bridges Initiative to end political animosity during elections.

“We need harmony between Kenyans and politicians in every election cycle,” he said, “especially after voting which we hope will be covered in the report.”

He said the handshake between President Uhuru Kenaytta and ODM leader Raila Odinag brought peace after the hotly contested 2017 elections.