Archbishop of Kenya condemns attack on Nairobi parish

By ACNS staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of the Anglican Church of Kenya has joined other religious leaders in condemning the explosive attack at St. Polycarp Parish on Juja Road in Nairobi Sept. 30.

Earlier in the day, Wabukala and Bishop Joel Waweru of Nairobi diocese visited and prayed with four of the six children still admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital, Children’s Ward.

In a statement released Oct. 1 at the scene of the explosion, Wabukala stated that Kenya is a multireligious society and termed the attacks as atrocities whose perpetrators should face the full rigor of the law. He called upon the government to offer adequate security since asking citizens to be vigilant is not sufficient. “This is a cruel provocation, but I appeal to Christians not to feed violence with violence, either in word or deed, because we are called to overcome evil with good,” he remarked.

Nairobi Provincial Commissioner Njoroge Ndirangu and Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims Secretary General Sheikh Adan Wachu gathered at the scene and expressed their disapproval of the of the heinous act.

Waweru and Ndirangu later visited the bereaved family who lost a nine-year-old son, Ian Maina. Ian succumbed to injuries after the explosive device was hurled at their Sunday school class blowing the roof off. The assailants escaped on foot in a nearby path.