2 August 2012

Kenya: No Room for Politics in Our Church, Says Cleric

The Church Movement of Kenya has banned politicians from addressing faithful on their pulpits.

In a prèss statement, they said that politicians have been using the church for their own selsfish interets.

"We particularly speak against defilement of our pulpits by politicians,"read the clerics' statementThey said they will however provide a platform on which politicians will be interrogated on Christly values and principles.

They were led by Evangelical Alliance of Kenya Chairman Boniface Adoyo, Deliverance Church's Bishop Mark Kariuki, Joe Masinde and Reverend Doctor Willy Mutiso.

"When we give them pulpit, they will tarnish our names because some will claim that we are partisan. We said that its safer that when they come to our churches they come to worship. If they are to do any campaigning, it will be outside the church,"Adoyo said.

Speaking at the sidelined of a press briefing at Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru yesterday, the more than 40 evangelical church representatives condemned the recent incident on a Nairobi pastor who masqueraded as a healer.

They at the same time said that the Mombasa Republican Council should be looked at with great care adding that they support the March 4, 2013 elections and asked the government to join hand with the church assuring electorate that the country will hold peaceful polls.

He said that the court and the government should handle the MRC ruling with great care and make sure the judgment delivered cuts across the borders to block other lawless groups from forming such a habit for them to be legalised.

"The group's legalisation should not be an indication of such groups to follow suit because there must be some law governing the activities lawless groups. So we desire that when they make judgment they look at perceptions of the people because a judgment is not only based on the law but also in its spirits," said Adoyo.

Adoyo called on the government to allow the church to regulate itself in terms of curbing masquerading preachers.

He vehemently condemned the recent incident where beleaguered pastor Michael who is under police investigations after a sex worker claimed that he assaulted her alleging that the pastor also bribed her to lie in church that he can perform miracles.

Dr Mutiso disclosed that a section of evangelical churches had set aside a probe committee to investigate Njoroge and that they will be releasing their report on Friday in Nairobi. "We have instituted a probe committee on pastor Njoroge issue and the report is now ready and we shall make it public coming Friday. End..

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