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Church leaders led by Shamalla condemns blanket ban on politicians against speaking in churches.

A cleric has condemned blanket ban on politicians against speaking in churches.

Archbishop Shem Shamalla who is the head of the Holy Spirit Church in East Africa said today that the church should instead vet politicians and only ban those who misused the pulpits to spew hate and insult their opponents.

"We have good political leaders in this country who respect the church and will never engage in hate speech when they are accorded the opportunity to address congregants," the cleric said.

He added, "The church should, thus, vet them and only restrain those that misuse the privilege to speak on the pulpits."

The Primate was speaking at the church's headquarters in Shinyalu when they held prayers and anointed Kenya's Ambassador to the Great Lakes Region Ambeyi Ligabo to vie for the area parliamentary seat in next year's elections.

He said it was practice of churches all over the world to bless and anoint leaders and even prophesy the results of elections.

"You can not divorce the church from politics because we are the ones who bless our politicians. Many of them are our church members and we can not ignore them just because of the mistakes of a few elements," said Shamalla.

He added that the church should scrutinise the politicians and act based on how they behaved when they were given opportunity to address congregations in the past.

By Denis Lumiti  September 26

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