On Tuesday’s programme we heard from Abda, a Kenyan listening on WCPN in Cleveland. She asked why religious leaders were not condemning the violence. We’ve invited her onto the programme today – here’s what she wrote to us:
My name is Abda, I’m from Kenya but moved to America six years ago to live in Cleveland. I am here with my husband and two children. I’m an avid listener to World Have Your Say.
I have family and relatives who are spread out all over Kenya: Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Mombasa just to name a few. As it is, most people are faced with the daily challenges of life. To add the present turmoil is even a greater burden to everybody especially the common people. We have relatives who are very sick and cannot get adequate medical care because of fear of being hurt. Yes we have been watching with alarm what is going on there.
What I want to ask is… Where is the religious and moral leadership in the country. They should stand up and call to an end to the violence we see in Kenya, a once very peaceful country. I believe in any religion, especially in Kenya, there is no Kikuyu or luo etc. Everyone is the same in the eyes of god. The religious leaders should unite and try to advocate unity among the people, who have previously lived in perfect harmony for a very long period.
Thanks Abda, we look forward to hearing from you later, and getting you talking to church leaders in your country.
In Kenya today, the violence continues – an opposition MP has been shot dead by a traffic policeman in disputed circumstances in the western town of Eldoret. The police say that David Too was killed in a domestic dispute unrelated to the political crisis but the opposition call it an “assassination”; whatever the reason people have begun fleeing the town.
So as African leaders meet at their summit in Ethiopia they’ve been urged by the AU Commission chairman to get involved in the Kenyan crisis, “If Kenya burns, there will be nothing for tomorrow.”
Whose responsibility is it to provide moral leadership? Are they living up to that responsibility? Does anyone listen to religious or civic leaders?