|Kenya||NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT IS ABOVE THE LAW: BISHOPS|
Seriously concerned about the state of the country's economy, Kenya's Catholic Bishops have issued a pastoral letter challenging the ruling class not to abuse power for personal financial gain.
In "On the Economy of Kenya", released on Thursday in Nairobi, the bishops said that no politician, "including the president must be above the law".
Though the country has economic potential, the population is faced with widespread poverty and increasing disparity of income and wealth.
"Some 60% of the population live below the poverty line; and about 22% of the country's labour force is unemployed".
Among the various causes of Kenya's economic crisis, the Bishops place emphasis on: corruption, mismanagement of resources, ethnic conflicts, speculation on land ownership, pollution.
To improve the situation that penalises the entire society, the Episcopal Conference indicates various guidelines, including the necessity for all authorities to abide by the law and democratic institutions.
MISNA 1:14pm 15/6/99