President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday challenged church leaders across the country to join the government in the war against corruption.

Kenyatta told religious leaders to speak consistently and openly in the condemnation of the vices such as graft that he says was slowing down Kenya's progress.

The head of state also took issue with the involvement of the church in politics whilst religious groups are expected to be non-partisan.

"The leadership of the church in the anti-corruption fight is highly appreciated. But, there is still room for more action from the church, it is an all of society fight, not one for the government alone.

"Speak boldly against all the vices that are holding our nation back. Our job for building this nation is a shared responsibility; we are serving the same people. We deliver on the physical wellness of all the citizens, as you nourish their souls and spirit," stated Kenyatta.

He made the remarks in a meeting with religious leaders who paid him a courtesy call at State House. 


The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Ukur Yattani (National Treasury) and Professor George Magoha (Education). 

Attorney General Paul Kihara and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua were among other senior Government officials that were also in attendance.

At the meeting, President Kenyatta assured the leaders that the Government will continue partnering with religious institutions in the delivery of public services such as education and healthcare.

 He urged religious leaders to shepherd Kenyans in building "bridges of unity between brothers and sisters, within families and communities" and said he looks forward to more meetings with the leaders who pledged their continued support for the President's agenda to unite and develop the country.