Not in this church – Ole Sapit bars politicians from addressing congregants again

Monday, December 6th, 2021 09:51 |
Archbishop Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Jackson Ole Sapit.PHOTO/COURTESY

Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit has yet again barred politicians from addressing congregants in the church reiterating his earlier stand that the church will not be used to drive political agendas. 

Speaking on Sunday, December 5 in Malindi during the installation of venerable Captain Rueben Shukrani Katite as the second bishop of Malinda Diocese, Ole Sapit declined to give politicians a chance to address the gathered congregants. 

The Archbishop however acknowledged the leaders who were present including Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi further thanking them for their efforts in making the event a success. 

Others present during the installation were Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi, Members of Parliament, and Devolution Chief Administrative Secretary Gideon Mungaro.  

“Mutatuwia radhi kwa sababau hatutawapatia nafasi ya kuzungumza labda mtapata nafasi nyingine kwa cherche ya maankuli lakini tulisema kwamba tutofautishe sherehe ya ibaada na mambo mengine. Sio kwamba hatuwapendi,” the Archbishop said. 

In September, Ole Sapit said he was concerned about the heightened political activities in churches after political rallies were banned in line with observing Covid-19 regulations.

"We should not give politicians time to speak in church in exchange for what they give," the Archbishop said, adding that is what happens in other countries.

Ole Sapit said that the decision will only affect Anglican Churches. 

"There is heightened political participation in the church. Every Sunday, we see politicians attend various church services and we hear what they say not what is preached by religious leaders. I made communication to my bishops to stop politicians from the pulpit," he added.

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