MPs’ pay cut justified, say Catholic priests
Add that it’s key to resolving the problem of never-ending strikes for higher pay
Catholic Bishops have supported the statement by President Uhuru Kenyatta that incoming MPs will have their salaries reviewed downwards.
Eldoret Diocese Bishop Cornelius Korir yesterday said trimming the legislators’ salaries is key to resolving workers’ never-ending strikes for increased pay.
“We’ve copied habits from elsewhere that we can watch people die without attending to them because of agitating for money. This is wrong,” he said, pointing to the ongoing nurses’ strike.
Korir, Joseph Mbatia (Nyahururu) and John Oballa (Ngong’) led scores of faithful in celebrating the life of Father John Antony Kaiser, who was killed 17 years ago at Maella, Naivasha.
They intensified calls for the government to find the killers of the missionary priest and bring them to book.
Korir said it was shocking that since 2000, when Kaiser was killed, no one had been arrested. He said they will continue to seek the truth.
“I’m surprised that with all this modern technology, the government has not told us who killed Father Kaiser. We will keep asking until we know exactly what happened,” Korir said.
“We are also asking the government to stop extrajudicial killings. The rule of law should be applied at all times.”
Praising the work done by the late Kaiser, Korir urged the government to honour and pay victims of the 1992 and 1997 ethnic clashes who he assisted before his death.
“We are surprised that they only made a law to compensate victims of the 2008 post-poll clashes and forgot those who were displaced before,” he said.
Korir urged for peaceful coexistence among Kenyans — regardless of the outcome of the presidential petition at the Supreme Court.
Oballa said Father Kaiser’s work will always remain in the minds and hearts of many, especially the IDPs he worked with during his life.
He said, “Though dead, Father Kaiser remains alive in his work.”