In Summary
  • David Murathe, the party's former vice chair, said on Tuesday that all politicians in the grouping had been asked to adhere to the directive by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church of Kenya.
  • The ban followed an ugly incident at Gitui Catholic Church, where Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro clashed with his nominated counterpart Maina Kamanda over who could invite guests.
  • While condemning the incident, Mr Murathe said Kieleweke members were supportive of the directive and were ready to adhere to it.

All members of Jubilee Party's Kieleweke faction have been directed to respect the decision by churches to ban political activities.

David Murathe, the party's former vice chair, said on Tuesday that all politicians in the grouping had been asked to adhere to the directive by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church of Kenya.

It was announced on Monday by Catholic Diocese of Muranga Bishop James Maria Wainaina, who said priests had been banned from inviting politicians to church, and that all such invitations had therefore been cancelled.

The ban that the bishop said will be in force until further notice targets Catholic churches in Murang'a and Kirinyaga.

It followed an ugly incident at Gitui Catholic Church, where Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro clashed with his nominated counterpart Maina Kamanda over who could invite guests.

TANGATANGA

While condemning the incident, Mr Murathe said Kieleweke members were supportive of the directive and were ready to adhere to it.

He also told the Nation, "We hope Tangatanga members will also heed the instructions."

Mr Murathe, a harsh critic of Deputy President William Ruto, said politicians who wish to address the public should organise rallies.

“No leader should ignore the church. It is wrong for us to take our differences to houses of worship,” he said.

His sentiments seemed to target Dr Ruto who has in the past been generous with churches, presiding over many fundraisers and giving large amounts of money.

BISHOP'S REMARKS

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