WATCH: Kenyan Clergy cleanse legislative assembly infested with rats
14 July 2016, 15:07
Nairobi - Kenyan clergy have cleansed a local government county assembly after it was infested with rats from a protest by activists.
The more than 50 clergymen Tuesday held special prayers at Nyeri County Assembly to spiritually cleanse the premises a month after protesters dumped rats at the assembly.
The Pastors and Bishops led by Deliverance Church head, Bishop Mark Kariuki, walked inside the assembly while accompanied by Speaker Mwangi Mugo and prayed for over 30 minutes.
They later sprinkled anointing oil at the gate of the assembly where recently some women were sleeping while protesting passage of 2016/17 budget.
Bishop Kariuki said that the rats were a sign of poverty and primitive and so there was need to sanctify the place in order to destroy the mission of those who brought the rats.
The Star had earlier reported that activists last week released rats in-front of the Nyeri county assembly to show their anger against a plan by MCAs to build a KES 30 million gym and sauna.
The rats, according to the report were said to be 200 in number.
Armed with cages full of rats, banners and placards, the Nyeri residents marched to the county assembly where they handed in a petition and the cage of rats.
As reported by the Daily Nation, the protesters carried placards each bearing a picture of a rat and the name of a ward representative beside it.
Protesters chanted slogans comparing their leaders to rodents and calling for their imprisonment. Not even the 13 degrees chilly weather in Nyeri deterred demonstrators.
In another report on NTV, the group’s coordinator John Wamagata they used rats as a symbol because they usually nibble on things slowly but eventually cause a lot of damage. He compared the rodents behaviour to that of County leaders.