Last week during the burial of Mzee Peter Musyoka, President Uhuru surprised the nation when he said that he was willing to learn the Kikamba language so that he is ‘not left behind’ in the journey to paradise.
This was after the bishop who had presided over the funeral mass said that the only language which will be spoken in heaven will be Kikamba.
“You know, my bishop here knows… Labda amepatiwa sauti pahali. Kwa hivyo, hata mimi wacha nijifundishe Kikamba kidogo just in case… niweze kupenyea hapo… Wakamba wakipita, nami nipitie hapo…,” he said amid laughter.
And it seems the president is doing everything in his powers to ensure he gets to the land of milk and honey.
On Tuesday, he ordered the Education and Lands Ministries to revoke title deeds of all grabbed land belonging to church owned schools.
Uhuru also directed the Ministry of Education to restore Church sponsorship of schools which traditionally used to be under the ministry’s care. “The Ministry of Education, I want you restore that sponsorship back and secondly you have one week in which to restore all church-owned school land to their rightful owners,” said Kenyatta.
“That is the least we can do to honor this legend lying here before us.” The president was speaking at the requiem mass of the late Archbishop Emeritus of Mombasa, John Njega held at the University of Nairobi grounds.
He gave the directive on church schools to honor the memory of the late Archbishop who passed away on November 4, 2018 after a short illness.
Archbishop Njenga is hailed for his visionary leadership through which he worked to improve education standards in the country as demonstrated by the many schools he started.
The President said the government would also start to engage more closely with religious organizations to enforce better morality among school children.
“Church-sponsored schools must be allowed to mentor our children. Look at the level of indsiclipline in our schools, it tells you there is something missing in their lives,” he said.
“I assure you that we must restore the chaplaincy so that we can mentor and spiritually guide our children from the very early days. This is a must and we shall do it.”
It seems our President has now seen the light, but will this be enough to get him to heaven?