Just less than a month since some churches (including the Anglican and Catholic churches) barred politicians from politicking in church, AIPCA church has taken an unexpected move after an archbishop declared the church a politics free zone, arguing that they church was born in politics and they cannot run away from it.
AIPCA Archbishop Samson Muthuri welcomes DP Ruto in Meru today (Photo|Courtesy)
Speaking at the AIPCA Timau church, Buuri constituency in Meru County where Deputy president William Ruto attended the Sunday service, Archbishop Samson Muthuri told DP Ruto and his bandwagon to feel free to speak politics in church. He said that they are not scared the church is situated in a politics zone that has produced great leaders.
"I have heard that some bishops burned politicking in church. With us, we fear nothing because this church was born in politics and is in a region that has produced great politicians and freedom fighters like Mzee Jomo Kenyatta," he said in swahili.
The Archbishop argued that politics cannot be separated from the church. He said that even during the election of church leaders, the members get involved in deep politics. He also said that nothing is wrong with speaking politics in the church so long as one is not insulting anyone.
He promised DP Ruto that the church's followers will overwhelmingly vote for him in the 2022 election because he has stood with the church.
"Watu wetu watatembea na wewe. Wewe na Rais Uhuru mlikuja mkatusaidia kujenga kanisa hadi mahali imefika (Our followers will support you. You and President Uhuru helped has in building the church to the level it has reached)," the bishop told DP Ruto.
Archbishop Muthuri earnestly asked the DP to help the church finish the remaining part of the building. He said that Ruto's presence in the church was a surety to him that the construction will be completed in no time.
"Na mimi najua kwa sababu uko hapa, kazi hiyo ilituleta hapa ya kujenga kanisa itaisha siku ya leo (And I know that because you are here, the building of the church will be finished today)," the Archbishop said.
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