DPP, DCI Wade Into Church Donations Hullabaloo

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Catholic bishops at a press conference. They came out to put strict measures on donations at the National Shrine in Subukia, Nakuru County on Saturday, October 5

DPP Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti on Wednesday, October 8, weighed in on the contentious issue of church donations by politicians

In a joint statement, the two expressed their support for the Catholic Church’s six-month campaign against corruption and money laundering that was announced on Saturday, October 5 which was closely linked to seemingly suspicious donations by politicians to churches.

The crime-fighting duo noted that the announcement by the catholic church in the communique titled ‘Promoting the Justice of God: A Campaign Against Corruption’ was in line with the direction they intended the country to take.

Catholic bishops at a press conference. They came out to put strict measures on donations at the National Shrine in Subukia, Nakuru County on Saturday, October 5

“We sincerely thank the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) for taking a resolute stand and offering much-needed spiritual and moral leadership in the country’s fight against corruption. This commitment is worth emulating,” part of the statement read.

They further noted that the fight against corruption was not just for the constitutionally mandated instruments but also through social and cultural institutions of faith and religion.

“The stand by the KCCB has provided a clear direction through which faithfull can back their faith claims with the corresponding praxis of morality and accountability,” the statement added.

Kinoti and Haji also stated that corruption was the biggest robber that derailed the country’s economic potential by impending development and compromising the state’s ability to deliver services.

KCCB announced that the church would not be accepting any cash donations but rather donations made via banks or mobile money transfer.

They further announced that well-wishers’ with gifts of more than Ksh50,000 would need to notify the body before it was presented at a fundraiser.

The announcement by the KCCB rubbed some politicians the wrong way with the Deputy President William Ruto hitting back at the bishops for what he termed as an intention to re-write the bible on the meaning of donations.

Part of the joint statement by DPP Noordin Haji And DCI George Kinoti
Part of the joint statement by DPP Noordin Haji And DCI George Kinoti. They supported the move by the KCCB.

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