Religious leaders have attributed the upsurge in cases of crime and insecurity witnessed in several parts of the country to the weakening moral fabrics of society.
The clergy led by ACK Vicar, Kamau Gachie, observed that parents and society in general must live up to expectations to ensure that the bringing up of their children was within the values and virtues of good and right.
Family members carrying the remains of the late Duncan Maina to the graveside. Photo by Emily Kadzo
He regretted that failure to keep the young generation within the ambit of righteousness was a recipe for the chaotic society whose ills have become a thorn in the flesh.
The sentiments of the clergy comes after a 33-year-old man, Duncan Maina was murdered last Sunday at Ponda Mali area in Nakuru amid insecurity concerns in the county.
“Make parenting a collective responsibility failure to which we groom them to become an unproductive society who commit societal ills,” noted Gachie.
According to him, many parents and guardians ignore the wayward behavior of other children and keeping them away not knowing that such actions mature to crime such as murder, theft, robbery with violence, defilement among other issues thus the need to impact discipline in the children .
“Do not destroy society by being selfish in the manner of parenting. Our children are being neglected as adults are out to accumulate earthly possessions, boldly failing to have time to express the future repercussions of indiscipline,” observed Gachie.
He added, “Do not frustrate employees, embrace love, be correct where need be, advise accordingly, engage children in constructive activities and this will go a long way in promoting sobriety in the community with regards to security concerns.
Don’t frustrate workers, raise kids in a good manner even to those others living in society. We have a responsibility to build a good society.
He further warned against rogue members of the society who are propagating such indiscipline behavior by selling illicit brew, drugs to children and involving them as well in criminal activities saying that they are watering down the effort of the few who are out to better the society.
“Such individuals should not be tolerated but dealt with in accordance with the law for this will help in curbing insecurity concerns at an early stage,” said the vicar.
He also urged the security agents not to relent on this matter of addressing insecurity concerns saying that this effort should begin at an individual entity.
The deceased identified as Duncan Maina met his untimely death at Ponda Mali estate on his way home from work where he was attacked and stabbed severally by unknown assailants.
Gachie was speaking to mourners during Maina’s burial in Nakuru.
On his part, Reverend Naftali of the Independent Church condemned this heinous act and called upon parents to sharpen their parenting skills in a bid to avert such incidents in future.
Maina who worked at Naivas supermarket stores was eulogised by his colleagues as a humble and hardworking man. They also promised to follow up the matter with the DCI until justice is served to the family.
He is survived by a wife and two children.
By Emily Kadzo