, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5 – President Mwai Kibaki has reassured Kenyans of the grand coalition government’s commitment to implement programmes aimed at making the country a better home for its people.
President Kibaki was speaking at the All Saints Cathedral on Sunday during the consecration and enthronement of Reverend Dr Eliud Wabukala as the 5th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK).
President Kibaki said that the government had made formidable milestones in its quest to address diverse problems afflicting its people, efforts which would vigorously be pursued to their logical conclusion.
The Head of State, on that note, urged church organisations to partner and network with the government and other development minded individuals and institutions to implement programmes that uplift the standards of living for Kenyans.
“Instead of complaining about the various ills in the country, the Church needs to work together with the government in seeking solutions and offer constructive criticism where necessary,” said the President.
He told religious leaders to be truthful in their deeds and to lead by example, guided by teachings in the Holy Scriptures.
“Be genuine in whatever you do for the country to enable Kenyans to differentiate between Christians and non-Christians,” the Head of State told the clerics.
On the current food situation, he said the government was doing everything it could to feed the nation despite the food shortages experienced in various parts of the country.
He, however, advised Kenyans in parts of the country where there was no government relief food to appreciate the efforts by lodging genuine complaints through the right channels.
With regard to development, the President acknowledged the role played by the Church in extending services to all sectors of the economy.
He particularly commended ACK for implementing its mission of spreading the word of God and embarking on programmes aimed at uplifting the social, economic and spiritual status of the country.
“I commend the ACK for their support in peace building initiatives, rehabilitation of street and orphaned children, the ongoing famine relief programmes and running of a strong ministry targeting creation of jobs for the youth,” said the President.
He congratulated the new Archbishop on his election as the head of the ACK in the country and expressed confidence that Rev Dr Wabukala would steer the Anglican Church to greater heights of development and service to humanity.
The President was optimistic that under the stewardship of the Rev Wabukala, the bond between the Church and the government would be strengthened.
The Sunday sermon was delivered by Primate and Archbishop of Abuja Diocese in Nigeria Dr Peter Akinola.
Dr Wabukala, in his address, pledged to consult and partner where necessary for the good of the Church and Kenyans in general.
Archbishop Wabukala succeeds former Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, who retired after attaining the age of 65.
The function was also attended by Cabinet Ministers Charity Ngilu, Noah Wekesa, Moses Wetangula, and Wycliffe Oparanya, several assistant ministers, Members of Parliament and clergy from all over the world among other invited guests.