CHURCH leaders in Kenya have urged people not to divide on
religious lines after the latest in a series of terrorist
In the incident last Sunday, a nine-year-old boy was killed, and
nine children were injured, when a grenade was thrown into a
morning Sunday school at St Polycarp's, an Anglican church in
Pangani, Nairobi. Police suspect the Somali group al-Shabab, which
has links with al-Qaeda.
In a statement, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya described
it as an "act of cowardice".
The Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims,
Adan Wachu, said that people should not immediately blame Muslims.
"Terrorism and terrorists have no borders; it's cross-cutting, and
we condemn them," he said. "As we address this issue, we need to be
careful and not allow our emotions to overcome reason."
The General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, the
Revd Dr Wellington Mutiso, also called on people not to be consumed
"It is very easy for Christians or other people to target the
Somalis," he said, "but we want to believe that the Somalis are
good people, and that they have a right to be in this country like
anyone else. We do need, however, to recognise that Kenya is at war
with al-Shabab, and that there is a major cost to pay."
The Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, and the Bishop of
Nairobi, the Rt Revd Joel Waweru Mwangi, visited and prayed with
four of the six children being treated at the Kenyatta National
Later, in a statement, the Archbishop declared that Kenya was a
multi-religious society. He went on: "I appeal to Christians not to
feed violence with violence, either in word or deed, because we are
called to overcome evil with good."