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NAIROBI, Kenya, June 20 – Roots Party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah has criticized the Catholic Church for urging Kenyans to beware of its ideals that touch on the growth and use of marijuana as a economical product.

Speaking at the issuance of a snake breeding license to one of his party members at Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) headquarters, Wajackoyah challenged Catholic church leaders to read and to understand its manifesto before criticizing it.

He pointed out that the cultivation of marijuana is not only limited to smoking but also for medicinal purposes.

“There are bishops who behave badly, and they will be the first to condemn. They haven’t even read our manifesto. We don’t just focus on the smoking part,” he said. “Tell them that Kenya is not theirs. Some of us were even raised in Christianity.

His sentiments come even as the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has warned the electorate against voting for leaders who promote immoral and unethical practices.

The bishops raised questions with those seeking leadership positions about their stance on ethical issues such as immoral sexual behavior and drug use among young people.

Wajackoyah has promised to legalize bhang if he wins the presidency, saying he will have economic benefits by clearing the country’s debt.

“We specifically warn you and ask you to stand up against those leaders who propose to destroy life at its beginning in the womb by proposing to support abortion as a program. Those with an agenda of liberalizing sexual behavior, including pornography, should also be rejected. You should also oppose bad leaders who propose the destruction of our youth through the liberalization of drug use,” said KCCB Chairman Anthony Muheria who doubles as the Archbishop of Nyeri.

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According to the Bishops, the next generation of leaders should not only uphold the common good of citizens as enshrined in the constitution, but should also promote traditional African and Christian family values.

“Any leader who clearly supports such an agenda should not be elected. Moreover, a leader who supports an immoral agenda will have no conscience and that means the death of society,” he added.

Muheria advised Kenyans to vote for servant leaders who will meet the challenges the nation continues to face saying that Kenyans should be content with a leader whose tenure will not expose the country to negative consequences.

“Our nation, Kenya, will become the persona of the leaders we elect. We will choose leaders who will determine the destiny of our wards, ridings, counties and our country for the next five years. So we cannot afford to be flippant in the way we elect leaders,” he said.

Jerry B. Hatch