Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and his counter in the department of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji have lauded a move by the Catholic Bishops to ban cash donations in its places of worship.
In a statement shared on their social media accounts, the two directors expressed their gratitude on the move saying it was a step upper in the fight against corruption.
“We sincerely thank the Catholic bishops for taking a resolute stand and offering the much need spiritual and moral leadership in the country’s fight against corruption. This is a commitment worth emulating.
Indeed the statement by the Catholic Bishops is bold and indicative resonating with the direction we desire to have as institutions and a country,” read in part the statement.
The statement further indicated that religion was a key pillar in enhancing societal moralities and values.
The two directors also urged other religious leaders to follow suit in order to enhance the fight against corruption.
On Saturday, the Kenya Conference of the Catholic Bishops (KCCB) banned cash donations in its worship centres.
Speaking in Subukia, Nakuru County, during the national prayers themed Breaking the Chains of Corruption, the chairperson of KCCB Archbishop Philip Anyolo gave a new strict directive that will guide catholic churches in conducting fund drives.
“Contributions to fundraisers in our churches will be done by mobile money transfers or preferably by cheque. This will prevent handling of a large amount of cash and give a clear trail of donors,” said Anyolo.
The Kisumu Diocese Bishop also added that the church will be tracking donations through keeping records.
“We shall keep records of any gifts to a religious leader exceeding Kshs50,000.
All gifts should be accompanied by a letter or acknowledged by a letter. Our churches will not be used as political platforms or for any other motive,” added the Bishop.
Here is the tweet:
Joint statement by DPP Noordin Haji and @DCI_Kenya George Kinoti in support of recent communique by the Catholic Church in the fight against corruption in the country.#AntiCorruption_ODPP #3Cs_ODPP pic.twitter.com/7LHGZnOneR
— ODPP_KE (@ODPP_KE) October 8, 2019