POPE FRANCIS COULDN’T HAVE DONE BETTER- INCISIVE AND CANDID.
After bidding farewell to His Holiness Pope Francis, I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to His Holiness for choosing Kenya as his first stop for his inaugural trip to the African continent.
More importantly, I am further thankful to the pontificate for demonstrating deep empathy with ordinary Kenyans by boldly speaking to the Kenyan leadership about the major challenges we face as a nation.
These challenges are often deliberately hidden and spoken of in hushed tones by the mainstream Kenyan media,while conspiracy with both our national and religious leadership who do not wish to disturb the status quo that is heavily skewed in they favor and against ordinary Kenyans.
As an aspiring leader who has often been heavily criticized by the opposite side of our political divide for raising similar concerns, I am particularly encouraged by the Pontiff’s messages to the Kenyan national leadership to be at the forefront in eliminating grand corruption and confronting the culture of land grabbing through their faceless agents,among other ills.
The pontiff’s remarks against ivory poaching and other forms of wildlife trafficking were timely given that the country seeks to stamp out rampant poaching to protect its remaining elephant and rhino populations so as to secure its environmental and economic interests. This is particularly significant because poaching kingpins have a regional footprint and are known to receive protection and facilitation from very high echelons within regional governments.
His Holiness delivered a powerful message to the youth of Kenya at Kasarani, a message that transcended narrow political boundaries.It is therefore my prayer that the youth will now come to the realization of the power they hold in their hands to change this country for the better.
In a country where environmental conservation is a secondary concern, Pope Francis’ tree planting actions and timely advise and prayers about the need to guard against adverse environmental degradation were heartfelt.
What remains is now for Kenyans to heed the pontificate advise and start praying and working towards improving their lives.
As a Kenyan People,we owe Pope Francis a great debt of gratitude for visiting Kenya and praying for our Country against the background of high-level corruption, nepotism, insecurity, youth unemployment, land-grabbing, high-cost of living and widespread-poverty,among other myriad challenges.