Uhuru applauds the Church for role in national transformation

Monday, November 2nd, 2020 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ACK Archbishop Rev Jackson ole Sapit cut a cake to commemorate the church’s jubilee anniversary at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi county, yesterday. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the Church for being at the forefront in driving socio-economic and political change in the country.

He said the Church has over the years played the role of holding Kenya’s political leadership to account. 

The president encouraged the clergy to continue being the country’s “conscience”.

“Yes you are out there to save souls but you are also out there to serve, and ensure that the will of your people is followed,” Uhuru said.

He added: “And I want to encourage you that you shouldn’t stop that, but continue because as my father used to say: ‘You the church are indeed the conscience of  the society’ and we need you at the very forefront, to ensure that those have been given the mandate by the people are kept on toes.” 

Uhuru spoke yesterday at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi County, where he joined Anglican faithful in marking the 50th anniversary of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK). 

The ACK traces its roots to the arrival of Anglican missionaries at the Kenyan Coast in mid 19th century.  The first Kenyan ACK bishops were consecrated in 1955. 

Five years later, the ACK became part of the Province of East Africa and 50 years ago, in August 1970, the ACK became an independent province of the Anglican with the late Archbishop Festo Olang as its head.

Greatly contributed

At the celebration service conducted by Archbishop Rev Jackson Ole Sapit, the President said the Anglican Church is inseparable from the Kenyan society, as it has greatly contributed to the growth of education, health and other key social sectors of the country. 

“You are part and parcel of society and history of this nation. Not only have you been involved in spreading the gospel, but also participating in education, health and many other activities that have gone to improve lives. 

“I can say without fear that the church has been at the very centre of the social, economic and political history of our country,” he said.

He reiterated his government’s commitment to continue partnering with the Church in service delivery particularly in youth development initiatives across the country.

The President commended Archbishop Ole Sapit and the Church for committing to train and teach Kenyans on how to improve their lives, by working and serving one another.

“I am truly grateful because of the sermon you have given today, because you have touched the very nerve, what we should be doing, not just as a church but as a society.

The recognition that our role is not to give but rather to teach our people to fish, to teach our people to live decent lives, to teach our people to not only be God fearing but also to know the spirit of service to their fellow men,” the President said. 

The Head of State congratulated the ACK for the stringent Covid-19 protocols they had put in place during such an important celebration saying the rest of the country needs to take lessons on the fight against Coronavirus from the church. 

In his sermon, Ole Sapit urged Kenyans to avoid the culture of negative competition and commit to values of service which he said would go a long way in building a great nation.

The President was joined at the special church service by Cabinet Secretaries   Fred Matiang’I (Interior), Margaret Kobia (Public Service & Gender), Sicily Kariuki, (Water and Sanitation), Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua among other senior government officials..

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