Bungoma-Based Church Pleads With Politicians to Allow the IEBC to Do its Duty

Bishop Benjamin Juma said that their aim was to ensure that candidates adhered to the IEBC campaign rules, noting that some politicians were defying the IEBC set rules, saying that if they continue with the same characteristics they risked dragging the country into violence and chaos

By Brown Wafula

Church Leaders in Bungoma County have asked politicians from all political affiliations to leave IEBC to perform its duties as an independent body. In an interview with The Weekly Vision on Thursday during a meeting with aspirants from the county, the clergy led by Bishop Benjamin Juma said that their aim was to ensure that candidates adhered to the IEBC campaign rules.

The meeting was held at Gospel Celebration Center Church, Kimaeti. Bishop Juma noted that some politicians were defying the IEBC set rules, saying that if they continue with the same characteristics they risked dragging the country into violence and chaos. He added that some of the aspirants have been using handouts to lure church leaders to praise them thus leading to the rise in disagreements among church leaders. 

The bishop added that the clergy are great stakeholders when it comes to matters of leadership in the country, saying that they as church leaders should be aware of what politicians have done, what they intend to do for the people in future without violating the IEBC set rules.

“We have realized that there is a big gap between politicians and the church because they lack advice, thus we need to know what they understand about leadership,” Juma said. Matilda Wanyama, leader of Revival Church Napara said that they called all the aspirants across the county to offer them free advice as Kenyans head towards the August polls for them to be at the forefront of maintaining and promoting peace across the county.

Ms Wanyama said that church leaders play a vital role in the government by offering prayers to the leaders and the country at large adding that as the clergy, they have also decided to offer advice to aspirants on leadership roles and what is expected of them as leaders. The clergies further urged the residents of Bungoma to vote for competent leaders who will help in improving their lives and aid them in job creation adding that by doing so they should also maintain and promote peace because Kenya will still be there after the August polls.

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