The Methodist Church in Kenya (MCK) has raised concern over the increased cases of suicide and homicides in the country.
Speaking during MCK Meru region women prayer and fasting summit at the Kenya Methodist University Main Campus, MCK Presiding Bishop, Joseph Ntombura said the cases are now too worrying.
“We are worried of the many cases of killings that have dominated our country day in day out especially among the youth,” said Ntombura.
The MCK presiding Bishop has urged both levels of governments to work together with church so as to address issues of suicide and homicides.
“I call upon the national government and county government to join hands with the church to ensure that we are able to stop the rising number of deaths,” he appealed.
Ntombura said there is need for a positive change of mind among the people calling on the fellow clergy to enhance social welfare and counselling programmes in their gospel ministries.
“There is a great need to ensure that we educate our people through proper advice and counselling to bring positive mind,” said the Bishop.
He urged all citizens to share problems once they arise, saying, “a problem shared is a problem half-solved”.
The Meru Town Jesus Winner Ministries, Evangelist James Gikunda called for more guidance and counselling sessions stating that poor parenting has led to the increased killings.
“We need more guidance and counselling sessions to all citizens especially our youth because we have poor upbringing,” he said.
Meanwhile, the MCK says it supports the intended referendum as long as the same is not meant to benefit some individuals.
“As a church we will wholly support the referendum that aims to amend the constitution but it should not be made to benefit some specific individuals. It should benefit the society,” said the MCK Bishop.
By Richard Muhambe