Kenya's Bishops: Halt "Crime and Insecurity"

NAIROBI, Kenya, JULY 26, 2005 ( Appalled with the deplorable situation of their country, the bishops of Kenya appealed to the president, the people and the police to take action.

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The bishops made these comments in a statement, released July 18, entitled «Crime and Insecurity in Kenya Must Be Halted Now!»

«Over the years, especially in the recent past, our beloved country has degenerated into a den where carjackers, robber, muggers, rapists, and burglars roam free and operate as if there is no law, no law-enforcement officer and no government,» they wrote.

The bishops added that «the government must of necessity … take stern action against criminals.»

Also, the community must do their part: «It is only through identifying them, flashing them out, and taking them to cells and jails where they belong» that the criminal acts will come to an end, wrote the bishops.

To President Mwai Kibaki, the bishops said that «the nation will not and cannot work amidst crime and insecurity. The two have to be halted, not tomorrow not today; but now!»

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