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Why A Church Has Threatened To Refund Ksh100,000 Donation Made By MP Simba Arati

The gift of Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati has been threatened by a Catholic church in Kisii. After being refused the opportunity to address the congregation on Sunday, the MP is claimed to have stormed out of Nyamagwa Paris. Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megan, the Pope's ambassador in Kenya, attended the Sunday service. The MP had given the church Sh100,000 as a gift. According to a source within the church, the leadership threatened to return the money as a warning to other politicians who like to politic from the pulpit. It's regrettable that certain politicians donate to the church in order to have access to an audience right inside the church. We ought to handle Christian and church concerns with caution and sobriety.

Kisii Catholic Bishop Joseph Mairura admonished lawmakers from politicking within the church during the service. "We must maintain respect; this is a sacred site." The host, Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri, was brought to the podium to address the audience before inviting Kiminini MP Chirs Wamalwa, Chairman of the Catholic MPs' Spiritual Support Initiative (CAMPSSI), and Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetang'ula to speak. This did not sit well with Arati, who was barred from speaking to the crowd.

The MPs Nyaribari Masaba, Ezekiel Machogu, Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), and Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga (Kabuchai), among others who were present, were not given the opportunity to address the crowd. Arati was compelled to leave the church. Outside the church, he addressed his supporters. Obiri stated that he had been an active member of the church and had helped with the new building's construction. The parish priest, according to Obiri, did not invite Arati to the church ceremony. "There were more than six MPs in attendance. I'm not sure why he felt compelled to say something," he said.

Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit of the Anglican Church of Kenya prohibited politicians from speaking during a church service in Butere in September, where he presided over the consecration of the Reverend Rose Okeno, the first female Bishop of the Anglican Church. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wetang'ula, and Cotu chief Francis Atwoli were among the politicians in attendance.

"At this time of COVID-19, we'd like to use our churches as vaccination sites. Because we are saving lives, our clergy should mobilize as many people as possible to come to churches as immunization centers," Sapit added. The church, according to Sapit, is a center of worship and spiritual nourishment, with the main aim of assembling on Sundays and other worship days being to worship God. He claimed that politicians use the pulpit to criticize their opponents, making the church less favorable to spiritual sustenance.


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