Kenya: Church Is Aiding Graft, Raila Says

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has accused the Church of promoting corruption by accepting huge donations without questioning their source.

He said Church are creating confusion among Kenyans by making contradictory statements about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

Mr Odinga told those opposed to the BBI and the proposed changes to the Constitution to wait for another opportunity in future.

He was speaking at St Stephen’s ACK Cathedral in Kisumu yesterday. The ODM leader joined President Uhuru Kenyatta in calling on the Church to work closely with the government.

Christian leaders

The remarks came just a day after Christian leaders complained of being left out of the BBI process.

“There is double-speak on the side of the Church. A church leader was asking us to bring the clergy on board the other day. Where were they when Kenyans were giving their views to the BBI secretariat?” Mr Odinga asked.

“If there is an issue bothering you, tell us. Church leaders should not be partisan.”

He cited the Biblical story of Ananias and his wife who sold property and retained what they were paid instead of surrendering it to the church.

“We must address corruption urgently. Money that is supposed to go to development is taken by the corrupt. The Church should be leading in this fight and not allow itself to be used to launder money. You are taking money whose source is not known,” he said.

BBI task force

Mr Odinga dismissed the idea of the referendum being held with the 2022 General Election as proposed by Deputy President William Ruto and many of his supporters.