Pentecostal church leaders clash with NCCK over Ruto’s 2022 bid

Reverend Canon Peter Karanja the secretary general of the National council of churches PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:Leaders of the Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal churches have clashed with NCCK secretary general Canon Karanja over his utterances regarding deputy president William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

In a media briefing in Nairobi led by the congress’s president Dr Stanley Michael Michuki said that the utterances were a serious breach of protocol that would injure the trust Kenyans have in church and the clergy.

“We would like to state that the congress supports the initiative by the head of state and the deputy president to unite the nation.”Dr Michuki said

“We noted with great concern the utterances made by Cannon Karanja the secretary general of NCCK on the political future of the deputy president of Kenya “He added

Karanja reportedly said that there is no guarantee that  Ruto will be the presidential flag bearer come 2022.

Dr Michuki indicated that their congress strongly disassociates itself from Karanja’s utterances which they indicated that  do not represent the stand  the clergy’s stand .

He pointed that such utterances might bring disunity among Kenyans.

“We are taken back by reckless and casual manner in which the secretary general of NCCK inserted his own personal beliefs and opinion into official council business .This kind of commentary is divisive and unhealthy.”He indicated

The congress warned that there is need for NCCK to take decisive action against Karanja to ensure that the council redeems itself in the eyes of the nation as well as to ensure that there is no repeat of such kind of utterances from the clergy.

They also urged the government  to fast track its fight against corruption to make sure that those mentioned in Various scams are brought to book.