MPs’ pay cut jus­ti­fied, say Catholic priests

Add that it’s key to re­solv­ing the prob­lem of never-end­ing strikes for higher pay

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - GE­ORGE MURAGE @TheS­tarKenya

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.”

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