A Catholic archbishop has led Kenyan religious leaders in condemning an alleged theft of funds meant to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Crux.
Archbishop Martin Kivuva of Mombasa Kivuva, chairman of an interfaith platform of religious leaders, spoke yesterday as anger over the alleged theft continued to rise. The anger has triggered demonstrations in towns and cities across the country, with protesters demanding the firing and prosecution of the government officials and their accomplices involved.
“It is inconceivable for us that a Kenyan can sit and plot how to steal money meant to save the lives of Kenyans,” the archbishop said, reading the religious leaders’ statement.
The East African nation has received millions of dollars in the form of grants, loans and donations to support the battle against coronavirus, but the lack of transparency and accountability in the expenditures lends credence to the allegation that they are being embezzled, the archbishop said. He said the alleged theft was a blemish on the part of the country’s leaders, who swore to protect people’s lives and resources.
“This is a challenge for all us, but the people (involved) should … pay for their sins. It is erasing our image nationally and internationally,” Archbishop Kivuva said.
Kenyan religious leaders demand action on alleged theft of COVID-19 funds (By Fredrick Nzwili, CNS via Crux)