, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 25 – The Catholic Church has called on the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission to fast track investigations into the misappropriation of free primary education funds.
Cardinal John Njue said on Friday that those behind the scandal – regardless of who they may be – must be brought to book to end a culture of impunity.
The cardinal said such incidents were slowly manifesting themselves in the country and only quick and decisive action could put an end to it.
“Let the necessary investigations be done and let the culpable be brought to book because I think there is no shortcut with regard to that,” he said.
Cardinal Njue said cases where public resources are diverted from their intended purpose should be dealt with swiftly in the future.
“It is really discouraging when you have money meant to help those who don’t have access to education (being) misused and ends up in the pockets of few people,” the Cardinal said.
President Mwai Kibaki has already reacted to the multi million shilling free primary education funds scandal and ordered swift action against all officials involved.
Up to Sh100 million meant for the FPE programme is believed to have been stolen or diverted to other use by senior ministry officials, leading to cancellation of support from the UK government.
KACC has said its probe into the matter would be concluded in the two weeks.
Cardinal Njue was speaking while leading Catholic faithful to a Christmas mass where he urged the congregation to reflect on the significance of the birth of Jesus as a sign of God\’s love. He said Christmas is a celebration of generosity where God gave out his best to deliver humankind.
“The birth of Jesus reminds us of the depth of the love of God for humanity and we need to appreciate that,” he said.
In his sermon, the senior-most Catholic cleric in Kenya said people should be ambassadors of peace. He has also urged Kenyans not to over indulge and dilute the real meaning of the festival.
“When we say happy Christmas it is not just what you will eat or wear but to celebrate the birth of Jesus and that is the message I would like you to share.”