President William Ruto convened a meeting with the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) at State House in Nairobi on Friday, April 12, 2024. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the pressing issues highlighted by the Catholic Bishops during their recent press conference on April 11.

During the meeting, President Ruto expressed appreciation for the support of the clergy in the government’s development initiatives, particularly in the fields of health and education. He emphasized the importance of collaboration with religious leaders to enhance governance in the country.

Addressing the bishops’ concerns, President Ruto acknowledged the unwarranted increase in permit charges for missionaries, which had reportedly surged from Ksh15,000 to Ksh150,000. The KCCB had raised this issue, urging the government to reconsider the steep hike and potentially eliminate the fee altogether.

In their statement, the bishops emphasized the vital role played by priests, religious men and women, and other social missionary volunteers in complementing the country’s social engagement. They called for waivers to be granted to these individuals as a gesture of gratitude and appreciation.

The Catholic Bishops also highlighted the urgent need for a resolution to the ongoing doctors’ strike, urging both the government and the striking doctors to prioritize the well-being of patients. They emphasized the importance of seeking a working arrangement that would not endanger the lives of patients.

Additionally, the clergy brought attention to the Ksh2 billion debt owed by the government to Catholic-led hospitals, stressing the significance of timely repayment to ensure the continued provision of essential healthcare services.