Wiper Chief Kalonzo Musyoka told the Church on Tuesday not to see politicians as “high-profile sinners,” as the debate continues to rage over pulpit politics.
Mr Musyoka said everyone, including political leaders, who attend church, should be treated equally.
“Do not call political leaders sinners because they are all sinners before the Lord. Personally, I am the leader among sinners, but I am saved by the grace of God, ”Mr Musyoka said.
Mr Musyoka was responding to a recent decision by the Kenyan Anglican Church to ban politicians from addressing a rally at the grave.
“These talks are healthy, but when they are healthy, please do not leave political leaders as high-profile sinners because we are not. We are all right before God, ”said Mr Musyoka.
Mr Musyoka was speaking at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, where he was accompanied by a section of Wiper officials and Embu Governor Martin Wambora.
The Wiper leader said it was important for the church to simply change protocols in cemeteries instead of making bad decisions against political leaders, saying there was no difference between politics and the church.
“Religious leaders who see things going politically wrong should join us in reforming this country together,” he said.
On Sunday, ODM leader Raila Odinga, his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi, Kakamega, Kisii and Kitui governors Wycliffe Oparanya, James Ongwae and Charity Ngilu ruled were barred by ACK archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit from addressing the consecration of Bishop Okeno. in Butere.
The archbishop, who presided over the ceremony, said he would not allow politicians to hijack the office and make it a political affair, as has been the case across the country for many years.
“ACK changes gears. From this event, politicians will address (the conference) at the end of the service.
Mr Mudavadi, Mr Wetang’ula and a crowd of supporters had to leave the party in anger after it became clear they would not be allowed to address the rally until the ANC leader did not attend another event in Murang’a County.
Mr Odinga, however, remained in office until his death before leaving the scene accompanied by other ODM leaders.