Reject money from corrupt leaders, Mutua tells bishops

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File image of Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. PHOTO| COURTESY

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has challenged churches to take a firm stand in the war against graft by rejecting money whose source is questionable.

Mutua said although he highly supports the position taken by the Catholic church against corruption and the need to hold weekly prayers against the vice, church leaders ought to take bolder steps to reject ‘dirty money’ from individuals.

“It is hypocritical to call for prayers against corruption whereas some priests and pastors are receiving questionable money from politicians. We have invited corruption to our altars and pulpits. God is surely not pleased. It would be great if instead of praying for a politician cleaning his or her stolen money through the church by declaring, “God loves a cheerful giver,” priests and pastors refused money from corrupt leaders,” said Mutua in a statement on Sunday.

“Imagine if a Priest or Pastor told a corrupt politician, “Thanks but we will not accept your contribution,” he added.

A host of catholic church bishops while leading thousands of catholic faithful at the Subukia National Shrine in Nakuru for prayers announced a raft of measures to be adopted by the church in support of the war on graft in the country.

Some of the measures they announced include holding weekly prayers against corruption, banning of cash donations and endorsing mobile cash transfer as well as banning political speeches in churches.

The Machakos Governor said refusal of questionable money would be action against corruption and together with prayer, would go a long way in fighting the vice and enlightening congregations.

Meanwhile, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has welcomed the move by the Catholic Church of Kenya to ban cash donations, challenging other religious organizations to follow suit and ensure proper accountability and transparency in handling of all financial donations to the Church.

“The Commission calls on all other religious organizations to emulate the example set by the Catholic Church in Kenya and join hands in the fight against corruption for the good of our nation. In the same spirit, the Commission calls upon every Kenyan to support the fight against corruption,” said EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak.

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