Clergies in Bungoma plan to ban politics in funerals
06 September 2016, 22:36
Bungoma - National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Bungoma chapter now wants politics stopped in funerals as campaigns ahead of 2017 elections pick momentum.
Speaking in Bungoma town, Bungoma NCCK Chairman Bishop Patrick Okumu condemned last weekend's incident where Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale was forced to cut short his speech during the funeral of Mama Dinah Nasike, the mother of Likuyani MP Enoch Kibunguchi.
"The incident that happened in Tongaren on Saturday when Khalwale verbal insulted the Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka was not good. We want to condemn incidences where politicians jam funeral masses only to insult each other and cause mayhem," stated Okumu.
During the incident, youths allied to Lusaka shouted down the outspoken Senator when he alleged that the governor had been bought to sell the community to the Jubilee side.
The funeral programme was brought to an end prematurely and the church was forced to bury the body when mourners scampering for safety.
The funeral had been attended by among other dignitaries Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula and machakos senator Johnstone Muthama.
Okumu said it had become a trend among Luhya politicians to attack each other in funerals, rather than mourning with the bereaved.
" It is unfortunate that our leaders have turned funerals into arenas of political supremacy. As a church we will be left with no option but lock them out from addressing mourners," he said.
The Catholic Church in the county has already banned politicians from making speeches in funerals.
Sources close the on goings at the Bungoma Catholic diocese indicate that bishop Norman King'oo directed all priests to lock out all politicians from politicking in funerals. ENDS
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