Hiding Behind Religion to Cover Up Filth in the Name of God!

Uhuru and Ruto know that most Kenyans are a religious lot and are as such trying very hard to hide behind faith in God so as to sanitize the gravest crimes against humanity that they have been accused of at Den Haag! I call this blasphemy against my Lord!!

 

Uhuru, Ruto renew call for peace

 

Updated 2 hrs 57 mins ago

By Ernest Ndunda

Kenya: President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta went to church in Mombasa and his designated deputy Mr William Ruto worshipped in Nairobi but both leaders had a common message for Kenyans; pray for peace and prosperity.

The declared winners of March 4 big race, who are now awaiting ruling on a petition against their win by the Supreme Court, called for peace as the country awaits the outcome the suit filed by their main challenger, Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

 

“I call upon all Kenyans to pray and maintain peace. For any development, there must be peace,” said Uhuru.

He spoke at Kisima Cha Neema Cha Mwana wa Daudi Church in Mombasa where he had gone for a thanksgiving service following his contested victory.

Uhuru and Ruto last week met delegations of religious, business and heads of constitutional commissions in Nairobi and said they would continue attending to their programmes as they await the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.

On Sunday, the President-elect thanked religious leaders for leading the country in praying for peace in the period before, during and after the elections.

In Nairobi, Ruto urged Kenyans to pray for its leadership as well as those who didn’t make it in the just concluded polls. He argued leadership was ordained in heaven and appealed to their opponents to accept the outcome of the elections.

“Let us pray for all of us. Those who won and those who did not win so that they can realise that there is no authority that can be established that God has not ordained,” he said.

Ruto stressed those who won should likewise use their victory to serve God and humanity. Last week, Uhuru met Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General Peter Karanja, African Inland Church’s presiding Bishop Silas Yego and Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya Father Vincent Wambugu.

Others included Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims’ (Supkem) head of religious studies Sheikh Mohamed Chebwana Mohamed and Chairman of Inter-religious Council of Kenya who is also Supkem’s Secretary General Adan Wachu.

During that meeting, Uhuru struck the same cord, urging politicians and all Kenyan to rise above the partisanship of the campaign period and join hands in building the country

The church Uhuru went to on Sunday is the same one the President-elect and his deputy attended and held prayers with other worshippers in the run-up to the election. Accompanied by Nairobi Senator-elect Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi and a Mombasa businessman David Langat, Uhuru lauded Kenyans for maintaining peace during and after the election. ?

 

“Kenyans have matured and have accepted to live as brothers and sisters and we need to maintain the same peace for the country to achieve meaningful development,’’ he said.

Accept defeat

The Presidential Press Service, which is now covering Uhuru’s functions?also, reported that Uhuru pledged to fulfill all the pledges he made during his campaigns. ?

 

“As we had pledged in our manifesto, we shall fulfill the pledges we made,” assured Uhuru amid prolonged ovation from the church faithful. ?

Sonko said Kenya needed to be led by God-fearing leaders. ?

“As a country, we have come from far and time has come for the losers in the recent General Election to accept defeat wholeheartedly for the country to soldier on,” argued Sonko.

He said Kenyans voted in leaders of their choice and they should be given a chance as their time had come.?

“Churches are not the right place of talking politics, but I urge those who did not make it for various seats they had vied for to join hands with the winning team for the country to develop,” said Sonko.?

Coast Provincial Commissioner Samuel Kilele also lauded Coast residents for voting peacefully.?

“Peace was maintained to the latter and I thank Coast residents for maintaining peace during and after the election,” added Kilele.?

Bishop Mary Kagendo who presided over the ceremony said good leaders come from God and Kenyans must accept the leaders God gave them.?

“We voted peacefully for the leaders of our choice and we should not allow few individuals to destabilise the country,” said Kagendo.?

Uhuru arrived at the Coast on Saturday and his family went to the exclusive Al Manara Luxury Resort in South Coast.

 

Addressing faithful at Nairobi Pentecostal Church (NPC) in Karen, Ruto concurred with Senior Pastor Calisto Odede that Kenyans should be prayerful.

“There is no authority that has been established that God has not ordained,” said Ruto.

He caused laughter at the church when he recounted how together with his wife Rachel, they borrowed a wedding gown from Rev. Odede for their wedding for which they later paid Sh1,500.

 

Post-election pact

Both Uhuru and Ruto last week held talks with presidential aspirants of the just concluded elections. Before meeting former presidential candidates Musalia Mudavadi, Mohammed Abduba Dida, James Ole Kiyiapi and Paul Muite they also met foreign envoys and senior religious leaders.

They also met women leaders from various groups representing women interests in the country.

During the talks with the former presidential candidates, Uhuru thanked the aspirants for accepting his invitation saying it was an expression of goodwill.

However, despite a PPS dispatch on Saturday that Mudavadi’s United Democratic Front was among parties that signed a post-election pact with the Jubilee coalition led by Uhuru, on Sunday Mudavadi’s Director of Communication Mr Kibisu Kabatesi said no pact had been signed between his boss and Uhuru. He, however, added that talks between them were ongoing.

 

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000079562&story_title=Uhuru,-Ruto-renew-call-for-peace

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6 comments on “Hiding Behind Religion to Cover Up Filth in the Name of God!

  1. Turning the pulpit into a political stage


    A service in session: Irrespective of their denomination, many church leaders tend to give politicians pride of place when they show up for services. PHOTO | FILE

    By NGARE KARIUKI

    It is a Sunday afternoon and I am attending mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ongata Rongai.

    The church is packed. Those who could not make it inside are standing outside, peeping through the windows, or sitting by the staircase, following the proceedings on loudspeakers.

    It is not your typical Sunday at this church. A quick glance at the parking lot explains the sudden surge in attendance.

    The hot afternoon sunlight bounces off the shiny surfaces of fuel guzzlers bearing government number plates. Deputy President William Ruto and his wife are here.

    After the main service, the priest asks the congregation not to leave because the special guest has something to say. But he might as well have saved his breath because no one wants to leave, not when the Deputy President is around.

    SACRED SHRINES

    Mr Ruto walks to the pulpit, greets the congregation and is soon telling them that the Jubilee government will not be derailed by the then impending Saba Saba rally.

    About 400 kilometres away, President Uhuru Kenyatta is telling members of AIC Baraka Church in Trans Nzoia County that the government will not spend time politicking with the Opposition as if it were campaign season. He asks those questioning his presidency to wait until the next election.

    It seems as if there is an unwritten rule in Kenya — and in many African countries — that whenever a politician or government official visits a church, he or she must be given VIP treatment.

    He/she gets the senior pastor’s parking lot, a VIP seat in the front pew, and after the service, a chance to address the congregation. In fact, it is considered odd for a politician to attend a church service and leave without addressing the congregation.

    So the leaders come prepared to speak in churches, and even at funerals. They carry prepared speeches and their public relations officers send press invites to media houses in advance.

    What might appear like a purely spontaneous invitation by the pastor is a pre-planned press conference to the reporters and cameramen accompanying the politician to church.

    Recently, columnist Rasnah Warah questioned this trend: “In Kenya, the vilest, most corrupt politicians are allowed to stand in houses of worship and preach to congregations.

    “In our highly unequal country, not all believers are equal in the eyes of God. Politicians have a special place in our churches, mosques and temples,” she wrote.

    But the question that arises, and often remains unanswered, is, how did we get here?

    When did houses of prayer become political playgrounds? Indeed, it is remarkable that churches, which do not allow ordinary members to address congregations, have no qualms about letting politicians use the same “sacred space” to criticise their rivals?

    “We will not find the explanation by looking at politicians,” Barrack Muluka, a political analyst, says.

    “It is the responsibility of the church custodians to protect the sanctity of their shrines. A politician is a person who is always looking for any opportunity to vent, no matter how sacred the platform.”

    Mr Muluka insists that if we must look at politicians for an answer, then we are more likely to find an explanation in their pockets.

    “It started during the Nyayo era,” he offers. “Church leaders opened their doors to political leaders because they always came with tokens. Whenever former president Daniel arap Moi visited a church, he would give a sizeable amount of money to the church.”

    These “offerings” were described as “a donation for the stalled church project” or “ for the furtherance of the Gospel.”

    BOWING TO POLITICIANS

    During the service at St Mary’s Church, the DP presented Sh200,000 in cash to the priest. The applause that followed literally shook the building.

    He explained that the money was for a church project or something to that effect. I can’t remember the details.

    The practice cuts across denominations. From the most liberal churches to the most conservative, the shift in the leaders’ behaviour before a VIP is the same.

    The usually fiery and no-nonsense pastor will become as meek as a mouse in the presence of a Member of Parliament.

    He will give up his seat, Bible, and even bottle of water, to please the politician.

    “Isn’t it scandalous how, in the one place where the political leader is supposed to be equal to the mwananchi, the one place where the leader is supposed to bow, we find church leaders instead bowing to the politician?” asks Muluka.

    Perhaps the financial gains might explain this temporary abandonment of church tradition. Yet this doesn’t seem a sufficient reason, especially in churches where money is not a major challenge.

    Pastor Mwangi Muchiri of Mamlaka Hill Chapel says what we are seeing is a phenomenon embedded in who we are as human beings. The culture of hero-worship might be especially visible in Africa, but it is a universal problem.

    “It is rather strange how easily we submit to the symbols of power in our society. The fact that church leaders, and I am speaking as one of them, would be awestruck by a politician visiting his church is merely incidental.

    “It happens everywhere, in our homes, at our offices, on the streets. Hero worship is in our blood as Kenyans,” he argues.

    Pastor Mwangi directs me to a verse in the Bible showing that this problem is not unique to the church in Kenya, or Africa. It is not even unique to the 21st Century church.

    “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in,” says Apostle James in the New Testament,

    “If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet, have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”

    It is in the light of these and similar biblical teachings that some African church leaders strongly oppose politicians who want to desecrate the pulpit.

    But their protests often go unheard and their lament is overshadowed by colleagues all too eager to have the politicians “gracing” their pulpits.

    For most religious leaders, though, this opposition seems to be in principle rather than practice.

    THIRST FOR POWER

    Earlier this year, Nigerian Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, told politicians to take their war of words to the villages, not the churches.

    He said politicians in the country had converted pulpits into battlegrounds for firing their oratory bullets while the average villager was drowning in poverty.

    “All we want are politicians who are ready to serve Nigeria. The people have suffered enough. The politicians who get into power concentrate their whole energy on helping themselves,” he said.

    In his rage, he revealed a possible explanation for the connection between the pulpit and politics.

    The primary means of communication from the pulpit is the spoken word, and that is the domain in which politics thrives best.

    A reverently attentive crowd, a microphone and an elevated podium is every politician’s dream, as Mr Muluka pointed out earlier on.

    Political leaders thirst for power more than anything else (plus of course, the money that comes with it), and the church provides a perfect venue for leveraging both.

    First, the atmosphere of reverence that comes from being in a “house of worship” means that people are much more likely to be persuaded.

    Many people cannot imagine anyone lying in church. Politicians know this and use it to their advantage.

    Politicians also seem to have this ability to transcend denominational restrictions.

    In a month, you will see the same leader caressing the rosary the first Sunday, speaking in tongues the next, and singing hymns on the third. Some even convert from Christianity to Islam and back within a week.

    And isn’t that what makes a good politician – the ability to adjust and fit into different contexts and situations and use them to their advantage?

    http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/DN2/church-religion-politics/-/957860/2401756/-/15dxnfjz/-/index.html

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    President Uhuru meets Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s team in Nairobi, [Photo; Muchucha]

    Uhuru please, for God so loved the world…………

    Rev Bonnke is a German and Germany is one of the leading Atheist countries in the world! What has the good Rev done in Germany to harvest on behalf of the Lord? Instead, this good Rev is always all over the map in Africa in general and in Kenya in particular for at least the last two decades!

    I know that Jesus was not accepted in his own home, but Rev Bonnke is no Jesus! Germany, according to info I get from my christian friends living there, is in desperate need of an Evangelist of Rev Bonnke’s calibre!!

    People should STOP using religion and more so Christianity to make an extra Dollar to enrich themselves!

    Rev Bonnke, please help propergate Christianity in your over 80 million strong potential Christians country first before spending the whole of your life preaching year after year in Kenya which is only half of your own motherland’s population! Christianity is dying in Germany if my information is right and I believe my sources!!

    I have forgiven those who wronged me, says President Uhuru Kenyatta

    By Felix Olick

    NAIROBI, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed that many of his political adversaries did not expect him and his Deputy William Ruto to be in the country at this time.

    In an apparent reference to the crimes against humanity charges facing them at The Hague, Uhuru said their presidential bid was considered far-fetched.

    Addressing thousands of Kenyans who gathered at the Uhuru Park grounds during the national crusade led by German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Uhuru noted that their victory was the ‘hand of God’.

    “Many did not expect we would get this far. Many did not even expect us in this country at this time. But God knows better than human beings,” Uhuru said.

    Ruto’s remarks

    Ruto was the first to make similar remarks when he said that even their close friends were pessimistic about their presidential bid ‘with the kind of baggage we have’.

    “We want to thank God. Nobody, not even our close friends expected us near the leadership of this country with the kind of baggage we have,” noted the emotional Deputy Head of State. It was the first time the two leaders were speaking about the obstacles they faced in the race to State House since their inauguration into office.

    The ICC question was a hot debate during the titanic presidential campaigns and even dominated discussions during the live presidential debates. Speaking yesterday, Uhuru asked those he had wronged to forgive him as he pledged to forgive those who had aggrieved him. The Head of State declared 2013 a year of reconciliation and new start for Kenya as the country marks 50 years of self-rule. “This is a year… to forget all the wrong things that have happened to us and unite in God.” I am not bitter with anybody. And if there is anybody I have wronged, I pray that he or she may forgive me. If there is anyone who has wronged me, I also forgive them,” he added. Uhuru said the African continent is endowed with enough resources, which would benefit all with good leadership. The crusade that ends tomorrow and dubbed The Great Jubilee Crusade comes just days after Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence last Saturday.

    Before elections, Prophet David Owuor led all the presidential candidates in repentance on the same grounds.

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085537&story_title=i-have-forgiven-those-who-wronged-me-says-uhuru

  3. Uhuru calls for prayers,national reconciliation

    By Moses Njagih and Alllan Kisia

    Nairobi, Kenya: A day after Supreme Court upheld his victory in March 4 elections President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta worshipped at a church in his former school and asked Kenyans to focus on national reconciliation.

    Accompanied by his mother, former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Uhuru also asked Kenyans to forge ahead in unity and focus on the development agenda.

    Speaking a day after the country’s highest court rejected two petitions challenging the validity of his election, Uhuru also asked Kenyans to pray for him even as congratulatory messages rolled in steadily.

    Uhuru returned to what he termed as “my home of worship”, at St Austin Catholic Church for the Easter Sunday Mass, asking Kenyans to maintain peace and challenging Christians to pray for the spirit of reconciliation after the rigours of this month’s elections.

    St Austin is within the compound of St Mary’s School, the Catholic-run school in Westlands, where Uhuru studied for his secondary education between 1969-1979

    Yesterday the President-elect also called for support, even as he now waits the swearing in on April 9. “I am asking for your prayers and support. Pray for peace and unity in the country even as we come together to work on reconciling our nation,” said Uhuru.

    The President-elect said it was crucial for Kenyans to maintain the peace they upheld before, during and after the elections, saying only then will they create a conducive environment for national development.

    “It is that peace which will give us the chance to deliver on what we have promised to do. We have committed ourselves to God and the people of Kenya to see that change comes and we seek your support through prayers,” he went on.

    Uhuru said that after the political activities that culminated in legal tussle at the Supreme Court it was now time for Kenyans to move on with their daily activities. He said that the country must get back to its normalcy after the Easter break.

    “I am looking forward to all of us getting back to work on Tuesday once the Easter break is over,” he said.

    Uhuru triggered a light moment in church when he explained the absence of the company of his family, saying they had gone for an Easter break, but one, which he could not afford to take.

    “You know yesterday (Saturday) I was not certain how things will go. I was not sure if my election would be validated so I could not join my family in enjoying Easter,” he revealed.

    Returning home

    Uhuru was also accompanied some members of his Jubilee Coalition, including Water minister Charity Ngilu, Tharaka-Nithi Senator Prof Kindiki Kithure and Samburu Women Representative Maison Leshomo. On his arrival, Uhuru told the clergy that had lined up to receive him led by parish priest Father John Mbinda that he was happy to return home.

    In church, he explained that though he had been a regular at the church since his childhood, his presence there was rare in the last two years as the Sundays found him in different parts of the court pursuing his political agenda. The church is also where the President-elect and his family attend mass.

    “I have grown up here, I was an altar-boy here when I was young and though in the past two years I have not been as regular, I will now be joining you often,” promised Uhuru.

    Meanwhile the President-elect continued to receive congratulatory messages from local and world leaders. Uhuru and his deputy, William Ruto received congratulatory messages from the US, the African Union Panel of Eminent African Personalities and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

    Locally, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji congratulated the winning pair. President Barrack Obama, “and the American people”, also congratulated the people of Kenya on the peaceful conduct of the election and commended Prime Minister Raila Odinga for accepting the Supreme Court’s decision.

    “We urge all Kenyans to peacefully accept the results of the election. The electoral process and the peaceful adjudication of disputes in the Kenyan legal system are testaments to the progress Kenya has made in strengthening its democratic institutions, and the desire of the Kenyan people to move their country forward,” the US Office of Press Secretary said in a statement.

    It added it now was the time for Kenyans to come together, “to fully implement the political, institutional, and accountability reforms envisioned in the Kenyan Constitution.”

    Obligations

    “Kenya is an important member of the international community. We welcome and wish to underscore the importance of Kenya’s commitment to uphold its international obligations, including those with respect to international justice,” it further added. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, on behalf of the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities however without mentioning Uhuru, congratulated the winners and paid tribute to the tremendous patience Kenyans exercised as they waited for the conclusion of the much-anticipated process.

    “In accordance with the Constitution, the decision by the Supreme Court is final, and I applaud the Prime Minister’s reaffirmation that he will honour the ruling as such,” Annan said in a statement.

    Raila had moved to court to challenge the electoral body’s declaration that Uhuru won the March 4 elections. Annan called upon Kenyans to do the same, and to continue to exercise calm, restraint and tolerance that they have exemplified over the last month.

    The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Mahboub Maalim, congratulated the judges of the Supreme Court for reaching a unanimous decision on the presidential petition.

    He welcomed the President-elect as a key member of IGAD Summit of Heads of State and Government soon after being sworn in on April 9.

    Maalim further called upon the Kenyan people to continue maintaining peace.

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000080579&story_title=Kenya-Uhuru-calls-for-prayers,national-reconciliation

  4. Mugabe to attend Pope’s inauguration

    HARARE

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe will attend this week’s inauguration mass for Pope Francis, a presidential official said, with the staunchly Catholic leader set to leave for Rome on Sunday.

    “Yes he is attending,” the official told AFP, adding that the veteran leader’s trip will not be affected by the European Union travel ban because “the Vatican is a state on its own”.

    Mugabe, who has been widely condemned for human rights abuses, visited the Vatican in May 2011 for the beatification of the late pope John Paul II.

    In 2005, he had attended John Paul II’s funeral on a visit that drew controversy after Britain’s Prince Charles shook hands with him.

    The 89-year-old Mugabe has been barred from travelling to the European Union for more than a decade because of concerns about vote rigging and rights abuses.

    The Vatican is a sovereign city-state that is not part of the European Union, although to attend the ceremony Mugabe would have to transit through Rome.

    Travelling under UN auspices, Mugabe also went to Rome in 2008 for a summit of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

    He is flying out on Sunday, a day after Zimbabwe held a referendum on the constitution that saw aides of his rival and coalition government partner Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrested.

    The new constitution, which is expected to be adopted, would dramatically trim Mugabe’s powers and limits presidential terms.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/Mugabe-to-attend-Popes-inauguration/-/1066/1722878/-/nb2463z/-/index.html

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