Bishop: Punish sponsors of chaos
Published on March 22, 2008, 12:00 am
By Elizabeth Owuor
The sponsors and perpetrators of the post-election violence should expect no mercy, Mombasa Catholic Bishop Boniface Lele has said.
Lele said reconciliation and healing could only be achieved if victims of the skirmishes feel that justice has been done. He said the perpetrators should be punished for crimes against humanity.
The clergy was speaking in Mombasa, on Friday, during a special Good Friday Mass. He said though the Church teaches and encourages forgiveness, it also stands for justice.
“Forgiveness is one of Christ’s teachings but following justice is also good,” he told the worshippers. He continued: “Should those people be let to go free Kenyans will blame themselves for promoting violence in future.” He called for proper investigations to establish the truth and ensure that those responsible for the crimes were convicted. The prelate also urged Christians to be alert to modern day temptations and risks. He cited the political stalemate, which pitied communities against each other and urged them to preach peace.
“It is through God’s will and love that we survived the crisis and it is a great sign of resurrection for Kenyans this Easter,” he added.