NO POLITICS!

Catholic bishops ban politicking in the pulpit during mass

The bishops say that any politician who attends mass must do so like any other worshipper.

In Summary

• The bishops have also termed the bitter fall out between Uhuru and Ruto as "dangerous for the prevailing peace and tranquillity in the country and cannot be taken lightly."

• They called upon Uhuru and Ruto to seek ways of reconciling and working together for the sake of the unity of the country.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mombasa Archdiocese Martin Kivuva Musonde accompanied by other archbishops from KCCB at Russel house- Donum Dei during a press briefing on September 15, 2021.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mombasa Archdiocese Martin Kivuva Musonde accompanied by other archbishops from KCCB at Russel house- Donum Dei during a press briefing on September 15, 2021.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Catholic bishops have banned politicians from speaking in their churches during mass.

The bishops said that any politician who attends mass must do so like any other worshipper.

"...and in special consideration given to him or her to propagate his or her political agenda nor address the congregation in our places of worship," they said.

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 and cannot be taken lightly."

"We are deeply concerned that if this open disagreement...is taken up by their supporters, the trickle-down effect it could generate across the country will be dire to even contemplate," they said in a statement Wednesday

They added that the public exchanges that are being witnessed are dangerous for the country.

"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.

They called upon Uhuru and Ruto to seek ways of reconciling and working together for the sake of the unity of the country.

On politically instigated violence, the bishops warned about utterances and attitudes of possible drums of war all over the country adding that if unchecked, such utterances and attitudes may spark off election violence during the forthcoming electioneering period.

"It is thus imperative that institutions like the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, IEBC and security agencies begin to map out hot spots and violence instigators and counter them peacefully in good time and within the confines of the law," they stated.

The bishops also voiced their concerns about the spate of violence taking place in Laikipia, Marsabit and Kerio Valley – along the border between Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties.

They said the violence has led to needless loss of life, property and displacement of the people.

"On behalf of the people whose lives have been shattered, property destroyed and their perception of Kenya as a Country of peace ruined, we urge the Government to extend full support to them to enable them to reconstruct their lives," they urged.

Edited by D Tarus