The Catholic Church in Kenya has launched an anti-corruption campaign.
Cash donations by politicians have been banned and all donations will now be done electronically or via cheques.
“Our churches will not be used as political platforms or for any other motive other than for the worship of God,” Archbishop Phillip Anyolo said in a statement on behalf of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).
The announcement was made during a national prayer day at the Subukia Shrine in Nakuru County on 5 October, a day which was labelled “breaking the chains of corruption.”
Churches in Kenya have been divided on the matter of receiving cash donation from politicians.
The bishops condemned “tremendous corruption that has imprisoned hearts, families and the entire society.” They said it is time for the country to unite and uproot corruption.
The bishops also stated that no politician will address worshippers in all Catholic churches across Kenya.
“Political statements will not be allowed during the liturgical celebrations. The church has stopped accepting direct donations from the politicians. Contributions to fundraise for Catholic Church projects will be done via mobile money transfer or by cheques,” they said.
Archbishop Anyolo also said it will be mandatory for all Catholic churches in Kenya to keep records of those who donate funds.
Anyone who wants to offer a church leader a gift worth more than Sh 50,000 will have to write a letter to the church’s leadership outlining their reasons. They will also need to explain where the money came from.
The news follows the decision of Kenya’s Anglican Church in June to ban donations made to the church by politicians.
Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit said he felt vindicated by the decision made by his colleagues in the Catholic church.
Picture: Kenyan Bishops address the media during the national prayer day on 5 October 2019. (ACI Africa)