The Star (Nairobi)

28 February 2013

Kenya: Bishop Mechumo Condemns Sorcery and Witchcraft in Campaigns

Bungoma Anglican Bishop George Mechumo yesterday condemned alleged use of sorcery in the on-going campaigns' by politicians.

Bishop Mechumo termed the practice "backward and retrogressive in the 21st century" and asked voters to reject leaders seeking to cast black magic spells on them through oath taking ceremonies.

"It is sad that we have backward leaders who wish to engage in the practices of sorcery. We as a church ask voters to reject them outright because they offer no leadership. They only spread propaganda to manipulate the people for personal gain," he explained.

The Anglican cleric was addressing journalists in his St Crispins ACK offices in BungomaTown after it emerged that some prominent politicians have brought into the country foreign sorcerers and witches to help them win against their opponents in Monday's general election.

Bungoma has been abuzz lately with claims have surfaced that some prominent personalities have employed services of witchcraft practitioners from neighbouring Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan to spur them to win elections

The bishop opined: this election ought to usher into office God fearing "men and women with high personal integrity, compelling vision, selfless and committed to the service of the people....individuals practising witchcraft will not lead us to prosperity.

The cleric insisted that leaders who are dishonest, ungodly and have corrupt behavours must be rejected by voters now and urged the media to guard against their desire to promote evil and selfish agenda.

"Media has unique power and influence, it should not grant such leaders opportunity misuse it to perpetrate evil," he observed.

Bishop Mechumo said the Church was praying for political tolerance among people of different political persuasions and Kenyans to embrace peace, reconciliation, harmony forgiveness during and after the elections."

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