The Nakuru Anglican Diocese Bishop Joseph Muchai has called on the two levels of Government to scale down their recurrent budgets in the bid to shore up the country`s economy which he says is already in ruins.
He wants the governments to consider retaining a lean work force as a way of cutting the high expenditure on salaries and allowances and invest more on meaningful development which he says will stem rising poverty.
While lauding the just imposed austerity measures in Government agencies, Rev. Muchai called for restructuring of the public service a move he says will ensure the down trodden tax payer pays only for essential services that enhance livelihoods.
He was speaking at the Jehovah Shamah prayer center in Nakuru at the sidelines of the Fourth Edition of the Anglican Choirs Extravaganza that attracted participation of 25 choirs in a peace music contest.
His sentiments coming only days after the controversial Finance Bill 2018 was passed at the National Assembly amid high acrimony.
Rev. Muchai argues that in a country that is contending with grinding poverty in rural areas, a high wage bill negates economic growth which in turn spirals crime and hampers peace and cohesion building.
He used the opportunity to urge authorities in Nakuru County to expedite a comprehensive inquest in to recurrent flare ups in Nakuru County to establish masterminds and subject them to the law.
Rev.Muchai says selective prosecution of hate mongers in recent months has led to incessant chaos which he says negates cohesion building among communities in the multi ethnic county.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru Anglican Diocese Bishop Joseph Muchai (right) flanked by church elder George Kagima speaks in Nakuru where he called on the two levels of Government to scale down their recurrent budgets in the bid to shore up the country`s economy which he says is already in ruins.