Several Protestant pastors and bishops will fast for 40 days to protest against ‘entrenched corruption’ in Kenyan politics.
The fast is planned for Saturday, January 2 and will end on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. According to the pastors, the hunger strike is more than just a protest against political corruption. They say it is also a way to protest against political intolerance.
The pastors also said although President Uhuru Kenyatta is putting efforts to fight corruption, his success has been limited, reports The Standard.
The pastors are hoping that their hunger strike will bring more attention to the issue of corruption in Kenya.Kenya has gained international scrutiny in recent weeks for alleged rampant corruption.
John Githongo, the anti-corruption czar said in a report published in the New York Times: “A pen?” More than $80 on a single pen? Come on, this is the biggest bunch of crooks to ever run a government in this part of Africa. This is literally the rape of the country, everything from the poaching of our wildlife to the accumulation of debt at an extraordinary level. It’s scandal after scandal. We don’t have a government. We have a scandal,”
On Saturday, November 22, Anne Waiguru, the Cabinet Secretary more the Ministry of Devolution, gave a statement announcing her resignation.The statement came after weeks of intense pressure on the Jubilee administration for her to resign. Calls for Waiguru to be impeached increased after a theft of KSh 791 million occurred at the National Youth Service.
Despite Waiguru resigning, Cord party leader Raila Odinga has stated that other Cabinet Secretaries found to be involved in corruption need to be ousted from office.