Catholic bishops have yet again banned politicians from speaking in their churches during mass, a week after the Anglican Church kept true its word by banning politicians from speaking in their masses. ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi were the first victims of the Anglican directive, as Archbishop Ole Sapit banned them from addressing the congregants at a ceremony in Butere.
Through a statement, the Catholic bishops said that any politician who attends mass must do so like any other worshipper, They continued that a special consideration wont be given given to a politician to propagate his or her political agenda or address the congregation in our places of worship.
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops had initially banned political campaigns in churches with little success, their Chairman Archbishop Martin Kivuva had directed Catholic officials not to allow politicians to take advantage of their congregation to make political statement in churches.
The bishops have also termed the bitter fallout between president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as dangerous for the prevailing peace and tranquillity in the country which cannot be taken lightly. “In a young democracy like ours, it is important that there is unity among the top leaders as this gives confidence to the people,” the bishops said.
The Bishops urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy to seek ways of reconciling and working together for the sake of the unity of the country.
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