Kenya’s Catholic bishops have asked that the government recognize the drought as a national crisis.
The bishops held a press conference at Mombasa’s Holy Ghost Cathedral Catholic Church on Thursday.
Specifically, they noted that the issue has reached a critical stage in arid and semiarid areas.
They issued an urgent and decisive appeal to action, which was read by KCCB chairman and Mombasa Archdiocese Bishop Most Reverend Martin Kivuva.
The bishops applauded the government’s efforts to provide food to disaster zones.
However, they were worried that the food would not have arrived at its destination as quickly in certain areas and that it could have benefitted others who did not need it.
He pleaded with the government to fund school food programs for regions hit hard by the drought so that no student would be forced to drop out of school.
The bishops also urged the government to put aside political theatrics and finger-pointing and go to work fulfilling the campaign promises they made to Kenyans.
They cautioned Kenyans against always being on the campaign trail rather than concentrating on getting things done.
Anyolo went even further in his plea to the opposition parties, saying they must do their share to hold the government accountable in terms of service delivery and the promises it made to Kenyans.