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Newspaper headlines for September 13: Churches bar politicians from the pulpit

The country’s top newspapers on Monday, September 13 focused on the new restrictions put forward by churches that bar politicians from using the pulpit to propagate their political inclinations.

The papers also reported about Raila Odinga’s plans to take over the Western region in the next year’s elections and lock out ANC’s party leader Musalia Mudavadi.

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Daily Nation

The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit on Sunday, September 12 at an event in Butere, Kakamega County banned any political utterances in churches.

It was a big day and the service was consecration and enthronement first elected woman Anglican bishop Rose Okeno in an event that was graced by regional and national political leaders.

In the event held at the Butere Girls School grounds, Sapit proceeded with the consecration programme before he disclosed that no politician would be given a chance to speak because they would only be selling their policies.

“ACK is shifting gear. Starting with this event, politicians will be addressing the gathering when the service has ended. The pulpit is for the clergy. ACK is a political-no-go-zone,” he said.

Leaders present included Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula, Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli, Mudavadi and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa among others.

Sapit said that the restriction will apply in all ACK churches in the country.

People Daily

This daily alor dwelled on the ground held by churches regarding the intense politicking in churches.

The ACK Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit put out new orders that blocks politicians from changing church service to political affairs when given a chance.

The same restrictions had been put forward by Archbishop Antony Muheria of the Nyeri Catholic Diocese.

He bashed politician who are used to taking advantage of the chance given in churches and turn in into campaign session.

May you be ashamed and shaken when you stand on the holy ground to speak politics and insults because you are calling a curse on yourself,” Muheria had said.

The Standard

Many people have supported the new order by churches to have all politicians from politicking from the pulpit.

As 2022 nears, politicians had begun attending church services where in turn they would be given a chance to speak and from there, they sell their ambitions.

From the pulpit, they would call out on their rivals and sometimes call them names in bid to have full support from the attendees.

The new restriction has been hailed by many who believe it would changed the direction the country’s politics were headed to.

I salute Archbishop Ole Sapit for standing strong and denying. Politicians the opportunity to abuse the Pulpit. All Clergy should emulate this. Most Reverend, they will abuse you but stand tall and strong. Be blessed,” said Professor PLO Lumumba, a renowned lawyer and scholar.

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Taifa Leo

This publication reported about ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi’s well staged walk out when he was denied chance to politick in church.

The ACK church made it clear that no politician would be given any opportunity to use the pulpit to campaign.

It was a new normal by politician to use the church platform to sell their ambitions and in turn hurl insults at their rivals.

Leaders who had attended a service at the ACK church in Kakamega had to take their leave after they were informed the would not be given a chance to speak.

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