Sapit wants fresh team to steer BBI

ACK archbishop Jackson ole Sapit and other priests lay hands on CPL Josphat Mutavi Ndunda during ordination as a priest at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, yesterday. [Jenipher Wachie, Standard]

Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) archbishop Jackson ole Sapit has faulted extension of the Building Bridges Initiative taskforce term, saying a new team should have been picked.

Speaking during an ordination service at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, yesterday, Dr Sapit said work on the report needed fresh minds devoid of political affiliation. A total of eleven ordinands were ordained as deacons and priests.

“BBI document has opened opportunities to fight corruption but it’s not conclusive,” he said adding, “the president could have listened to Kenyans and included youth who have fresh minds as they are the future but not the handshake team.”

He warned that if one side was left to steer the process, it would end up in dispute.

He said: “Politicians should not be noisemakers and should formulate policies that create employment for youth to stabilise the lives of Kenyans as stipulated in the BBI.” 

The archbishop urged Kenyans to read and understand the document for the betterment of the country.

On mudslides and floods, he said the government should be prepared for disaster as Kenyans have contributed to degradation of the environment, worsening effects of climate change.

“We are not happy with the kind of response we have seen in West Pokot. It was neither quickly nor urgently addressed,” said Sapit.

He further argued disaster management agencies to be vigilant to avert tragedy.

The archbishop advised motorists to exercise caution during the festive season to save lives.

“Let’s be careful on the roads, drivers should not intoxicate themselves and those with poor lighting and no reflectors should not drive at night to avoid jeopardising the lives of others,” he said.

He asked parents to mindful of their children to prevent cases of abuse.