Act on inflation, Catholic Church tells State

April 24, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 24 – As Christians marked Easter Sunday, Nairobi Archbishop Cardinal John Njue has called on the government to urgently cushion Kenyans against rising inflation.

Speaking at the Holy Family Basilica – where he led faithful in marking the day when Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life – Cardinal Njue said addressing the issue was the only way to ensure peace and stability in the country.

"To experience peace, the environment must be created because when people are wounded, they cannot become truly productive and real builders. With the kind of intelligent people we have, I don\’t think it is impossible to come up with a solution where the life of the ordinary Kenyan is addressed," Cardinal Njue said.

The plea comes at a time when fuel prices have risen to Sh111 per litre in the capital Nairobi and despite a government move to reduce taxes on Kerosene and fuel, inflation remained high.

Countries in the region like Uganda have also been engulfed in protests over sharp increases in inflation and commodity prices.

Cardinal Njue further urged political leaders to create an environment where Kenyans felt valued, a message that came at a time when government\’s plan to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDP\’s) failed after they received a hostile welcome at the set areas of resettlement.

"The first gift that the Lord gave to the apostles when he met them after his resurrection was peace. God has blessed us with this wonderful nation and I believe it is possible to have real peace and live together as brothers and sisters," Cardinal Njue told Journalists after the mass.

He urged Kenyans to be makers and bringers of peace.

"This Easter holiday is a moment to examine one\’s consciousness and to renew one\’s covenant to serve God," he told the worshippers.

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