Mudavadi explains why he walked out of church after bishop barred politicians from speaking

Monday, September 13th, 2021 08:06 | By
Amani National Congress (ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has disputed claims that he stormed out of the ordination ceremony of Rev Rose Okeno in Butere after archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit barred politicians from speaking in Anglican churches.

Mudavadi says his delegation waited for the conclusion of the consecration ceremony during the Sunday, September 12 event before they excused themselves.

"We told the archbishop that we were going to Murang'a and we were running late. We requested him to excuse us,“ Mudavadi said.

The ANC party leader said those claiming he stormed out of the church service are malicious and want to discredit him in the eyes of the public.

"We had stayed there for several hours and accomplished our mission there,” he added.

Mudavadi was speaking at Kinyona catholic church during a fundraiser for Bishop Gatimu Kinyona secondary school which was initiated by Murang'a women representative Wanjiru Chege.

Mudavadi also urged Kenyans to be careful with their choice of leaders, asking them to scrutinize the candidates.

"All that glitters is not gold and people should not be duped by looks,” he said.

"You should also avoid angry leaders because they will govern the country with fury and the people will suffer,” Mudavadi said.

The ANC chief who has declared his interest to vie for presidency said he shall be a peace ambassador in the country to ensure the nation remains united ahead of the 2022 general elections..

"We need peace in the country and we should strive to have peaceful campaigns and elections,” he remarked.

"Not a single drop of blood should be shed because of election related violence,” he added.

The ANC party leader also urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to give a clear stand on whether Huduma cards will be used to vote.

Mudavadi said that Parliament is yet to amend the law to allow the cards to be used in the exercise and this is likely to cause more confusion.

"If we go by Huduma cards, it's likely to suppress the voter turn out because not all people have been issued with the card,”he remarked.

Mudavadi was flanked by other leaders among them Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula, Martha Karua of  Narc Kenya and a handful of legislators including Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and Lugari MP Ayub Savula.

Wetangula on his part said the party leaders are on a mission to unite the country as it heads to the polls.

He said for a long time  Kenya has been divided on ethnic basis and it's time to bring the people together.

"We must always remember we are one despite our different backgrounds and this is the only thing that can unite the country" he said.

He also urged leaders to avoid devisive politics and instead preach and talk peace.

Karua, on the other hand said party leaders should purpose to work together as a team and help bring the country together.

She said it's not necessary to fold up the parties and merge them into a coalition as this has proven not to work well  instead it causes more divisions.

"Different parties can work together and achieve the desired goal in uniting the people and bring on board the right leaders"she added.

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