COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has celebrated the incident that was witnessed in Butere, Kakamega county on Sunday.
He is among the leaders, including political ones, who were present at the consecration of first elected woman Anglican Bishop Rose Okeno, an event that was presided over by ACK Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit.
But the event took an interesting turn when the leaders, including ODM leader Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi (Ford Kenya) and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya were barred from the pulpit and denied chance to speak.
“We welcome everyone, but we have to make the church to be the church. We have many leaders in attendance who we shall just recognise,” Mr Sapit said, resulting in Mudavadi storming out of the event.
Atwoli has celebrated the move, saying that he is in support of it as politicians have turned the pulpit into a campaign arena in readiness for the 2022 general elections.
He says that there is need for the church to serve it’s rightful purpose; being a place of worship, and now wants the same directive used in funerals and burial events.
“I would not vouch for politicians to campaign in churches, a church is a place of honour and respect and ought to be treated so, we want the church to remain the voice of reason and I am happy that the archbishop has began implementing that,” he told The Standard.
But his suggestion will also harm Raila, whose presidential bid he has endorsed, who, just like Deputy President William Ruto has began using the church to popularize his bid.
Just hours before, Raila had attended a burial ceremony in Rangwe, Homa Bay, which he used to urge residents of his Luo Nyanza backyard to register as voters and help make him the next president of the country.