APRIL 3, 2007
We do not have any universal remedy to deal with this situation. Nevertheless we do believe that if the nation is to move forward the trends that are destroying the nation must be arrested and our culturere directed.
Today each of us is called to do what it takes to abolish the gross inequalities which drive people to criminal behaviour, which creates insecurity for ordinary citizens and guests of this nation, including police and night watchmen alike, which breeds hopelessness among many youth for their future, and this is just mentioning a few areas. Theviolence spouting from the barrels of guns is a symptom of a city and indeed a nation at war with itself. Like successes, it has a thousand fathers.
While we believe that the scourge of poverty at intolerable levels is astrong contributing factor we add a deeper root: it is a loss of confidence in the power of the word as an instrument of conflict resolution. There is a profound erosion of moral authority pervading many sectors of our society and institutions today, a corruption of the mindthat has entered the blood stream of our daily activities.
The soul of the nation is at stake and the lives of many innocent peopleare in our hands. The barbaric, senseless killing and robbing of ordinary, innocent PEOPLE highlights the mindless disregard for the sanctity oflife. These are symptoms of a society that is clearly losing its spiritual compass and, as a consequence, all vestiges of civilized living.
But just as we may be reaching alarming level of crime, it is never toolate to stop and turn things around. If we call ourselves followers of a just and compassionate God then we must have that unique love that has thecourage to make demands on ourselves and on others.
We have to be pro-active as advocates of change lest by doing nothing weencourage the doers of evil. ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.’
We must never give up on each other and on our ability to do somethingbecause God never gives up on us. While many of the youth of our time search in vain for genuine spiritual and political leadership we are allchallenged to engage in a culture of daily living where respect for human rights and life is held to be sacred and honoured
While we reiterate and acknowledge that ultimate responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of the Government and Police Force to provide Protection and Safety for the people in this Nation, we have to become more involved in the struggle to defeat the evil forces of crime and death in this potentially great country.
The agents of evil who kill and murder people cannot be tolerated and have to be stopped by all of us. ‘Leo ni Leo’. Tuamke.!
Fr. Patrick Devine SMA
Chairman of RSCK
The Religious Superiors Conference of Kenya . (R.S.C.K)
(Representing 63 International and National Religious Congregations/Orders
of the Catholic Church working in Kenya