Written by on September 16, 2021

Following the announcement of Nyeri Catholic Diocese Archbishop Anthony Muheria pleading with catholic priests in the country to reclaim the altar, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit has renewed its ban on all politians from speaking in church.

ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi were among the first victims of the directive as they were on Sunday forced to sit quietly in the congregation at a ceremony in Butere.

Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit said political leaders had violated the sacred nature of the altar.

In nearly every part of the country, the Sunday service has become the new political rally following the ban on political gatherings over Covid-19. “I’ve banned all political leaders from talking in churches,” said Ole Sapit.

Political leaders among them Raila, Mudavadi COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, governors and MPs who had come to witness the consecration of the first female bishop of the Anglican Church in the country were all hence simoly forcrd to sit through the event, none allowed to address the gathering.

With less than 11 months to the next general election, the clergy say the leaders have abused church premise and are beginning to compromise the role of the church in society.

“We have also seen that the church is becoming now the battle ground for political expendincy, and the church is no longer identified as a place of worship, and the media is not helping us in this respect because whenever a sermon is given they don’t air it, they air political statements given in the church,” added Ole Sapit.

Last year a similar order was given by several churches, but it was largely ignored. It remains to be seen whether the latest ban will truly keep the politicians at bay or will turn out to be one of the many promises in the country never to be fulfilled

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