Although Kenyans have, over the years, gotten used to being taken round and round in contradictory spins by their flip-flopping political leaders, the same treatment from their religious leaders appears to have irked a section following two pronouncements from the church which appear to contradict each other.
While appearing on Radio Jambo’s weekly popular political show Mazungumzo Wazi Wazi which was hosted by Bramwell Mwololo, Amani National Congress party official Brian Mulama criticised the conflicting mixed signals which the church was giving. Others on the show were self-confessed Hustler Movement and Wala Nyasi leader Gerald Bitok, embattled Thirdway Alliance party founder Ekuru Aukot and lawyer cum activist Brian Weke.
Mulama noted with dismay that earlier on in the week, a group of Catholic Bishops decided to pick up political roles after they offered to initiate mediation talks between the President and his deputy. However, Mulama continued, saying that in contravention of their own path that they had begun earlier, Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit banned politicians from church activities during a function in Butere where ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga were in attendance for the consecration and enthronement of the first elected Anglican woman Bishop Rose Okeno.
On Wednesday last week, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops began calls for Uhuru and Ruto to end their feud, saying they were ready to bring the two to the table.
“In a young democracy like ours, it is important there is unity among the top leaders as this gives confidence to the people,” the bishops said during a press conference in Nairobi.
They said the public antagonism between the two was not only a threat to national security and stability but also can cause anxiety in the run-up to the 2022 General Election.
“It is an open and sad reality the President and Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya are not reading from the same script. The public exchanges being witnessed are dangerous for the prevailing peace and tranquility in the country and cannot be taken lightly,” they said in a statement.
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