Newly elected Bishop of the Good News Church of Africa (GNCA) Raphael Nzuki Kituva has challenged the clergy to stand up against social evils derailing efforts to build a cohesive country ahead of next general elections.
The Bishop elect said religious leaders must set the best example and guide their flock which includes the country’s leadership in fostering a better society for all, devoid of social evils like corruption and ethnic animosity.
Bishop Kituva spoke at Kambu social hall in Makueni County after being declared the winner in the hotly contested elections where he beat the presiding Bishop Isaac Bett by one vote to become the highest ranking leader of GNCA in East Africa.
“The situation in the country is worrying with reports of mega corruption scandals involving billions of tax payers’ funds and almost half of the country’s majority poor feeling hopeless, it is time for the church to stand up against these evils” Bishop Kituva said.
He said there can never lasting peace without justice and urged the government to take decisive measures to deal with runaway corruption and restore confidence among Kenyans in the way public affairs are handled.
“When billions of public funds are reportedly lost through corruption, poor Kenyans living in marginalized regions without proper roads, access to clean water and healthcare feel betrayed and cheated by those in authority” the Bishop elect said in his maiden speech.
Bishop Kituva also outlined his leadership agenda saying he will ensure the church invests heavily in education by supporting needy students and pushing for better management of public schools.
He said the church had launched plans to establish an institution of higher learning near the Konza Techno City in Machakos County to be upgraded into a university in future.
Until yesterday’s election, the Bishop elect was a strong anti-corruption voice in Ukambani region and the senior-most leader of GNCA in Kitui County.
He garnered 48 votes against Rev Bett’s 47.
By Abel Mutuku | Kitui