PLO Lumumba to Christian Professionals: Take the Lead in Imparting Good Values in Society

By Baraka Simba, Jorai Wekesa Patrick Otieno

Renowned Kenyan scholar Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba has challenged Christians to take the lead in addressing various ills on society.

PLO Lumumba expressed concerns that despite Kenya being considered a Christian country, the actions of the majority of citizens do not reflect the same.

Speaking during a Professionals’ Sabbath at the Eldoret National Polytechnic organized by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, the law scholar said Christian professionals must work to turn around the country’s fortunes.

PLO Lumumba during the SDA Professionals Sabbath at TENP on March 30, 2024.

It is estimated that 80 percent of Kenyans are Christians.

However, the country still faces high rate of corruption and tribalism among other ills.

As Christian Professionals, we must take the lead in advocating for good virtues,” PLO Lumumba said.

Let’s treat others as neighbours so that non-Christians can learn from us,” he added.

Hundreds of professionals who are members of the SDA Church attended the meeting.

SDA members during a Professionals' Sabbath
Some of those that attended the SDA Professionals Sabbath at the Eldoret National Polytechnic on March 30, 2024.

In addition, PLO Lumumba challenged religious leaders to be bold and condemn corruption in various state officers.

He lamented that only a few religious leaders have come out to call out corruption.

Kenya is ranked amongst the most corrupt nations globally but only one Church leader has openly condemned corruption in government,” noted the former Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission chairperson.

In Transparency International’s 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, Kenya scored 31 on a scale from 0 (“highly corrupt”) to 100 (“very clean”).

When ranked by score, Kenya ranked 126th among the 180 countries in the Index, where the country ranked first is perceived to have the most honest public sector.

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