Ndingi censures politicians on posts
Published on March 17, 2008, 12:00 am
By Edith Fortunate And Evelyne Ogutu
Retired Nairobi Catholic Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki has told politicians to be realistic in their demands for Cabinet positions and deputy prime minister slots.
The primate said President Kibaki and prime minister-designate, Mr Raila Odinga, could not please every politician jostling to be appointed to the Cabinet.
“Our leaders should know that President Kibaki and prime-minister-designate, Mr Raila Odinga cannot please everyone with the posts available in Government,” said Ndingi when he celebrated Palm Sunday at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Nairobi’s Eastlands, on Sunday.
Ndingi called for tolerance among politicians and asked them to foster the spirit that helped reach a peace deal brokered by former UN Secretary-General, Dr Kofi Annan.
The leaders, said Ndingi, must exercise full responsibility if they expected the country to undergo complete healing. He stressed that politicians must support those who finally get Cabinet appointments and the two slots for deputy PM.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has asked the Government to fastrack the resettlement of displaced people, especially those from Rift Valley Province.
The Chairman of Caritas Kenya, an arm of the Kenya Episcopal Conference, Bishop Martin Kivuva, said the displaced needed guidance on relocation, compensation and reconciliation. Kivuva said although the peace deal was signed two weeks ago, it was yet to be felt at the grassroots.