Corruption threatens the realisation of the Big Four agenda as espoused by the government towards attainment of the Kenya vision 2030 development blueprint.
Speaking at Komarock shrine in Matungulu Machakos County Saturday, Machakos diocese Catholic Bishop Norman King’oo said for one reason or another, leaders have made the country a dumping ground for substandard goods including; food items that can locally be produced.
The bishop said it was immoral to import commodities like fish and rice also including toothpicks, bullet trains, balloons and used clothes which can be grown or produced locally yet the country has a supportive environment for such to thrive.
“Why can’t we make this a manufacturing country exporting shoes, and fish to those who don’t have it? All we need is to work together with our leaders to show us the way,” observed the cleric.
He called on the leaders to prudently budget and implement development projects including water harvesting in Ukambani for irrigation after rains subside.
Bishop King’oo told leaders that God has given humans the intelligence to conquer the world including harvesting water, noting that it is ‘a sin’ for leaders when a child goes hungry, malnourished or lacks the basic necessities of life.
“Leaders let’s make Ukambani a prosperous area. Yes we did not have enough rains but we have enough brains. Despite low rainfall, we are endowed with plenty of brains and energetic hard working people in the region, and with selfless leadership we should be able to produce enough to feed ourselves and even export,” said Bishop King’oo.
“We are tired of leaders who keep telling us of future things which don’t make sense, we are tired of dreams,” he continued.
He urged leaders to join hands and look into ways on how change can be achieved to improve the lives of Kenyans or else be shown the red card.
Leaders present at the pilgrimage included deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Makueni deputy governor Adelina Mwau, Machakos county woman representative Joyce Kamene and MatunguluMember of Parliament Stephen Mule among others.
By Joseph Kamolo