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Anglican leader calls for end to politican-centric fundraisers

Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala spoke after celebrating a Christmas service at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi.

Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala spoke after celebrating a Christmas service at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 25 – Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of the Anglican Church of Kenya has called on churches to desist from fundraising from politicians.

In his Christmas Day sermon at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Wabukala said it encouraged a culture of corruption.

He explained that given the numerous appeals politicians undoubtedly received, it was likely that they dipped into public coffers rather than their own pockets to meet the demands made of them.

Ill-gotten gain which, he argued, it was unethical for the church to benefit from. “Stop harambees where politicians are asked to be guests of honour. As we contribute towards stopping corruption and creating a level playing ground for political actors, let us not allow our churches to be avenues for misuse by those who want political power,” he said.

The responsibility for financing church missions, he said, Biblically falls to the congregants whom he urged to tithe faithfully as part of their contribution towards an incorruptible future.

“We want as Christians to tithe as part of our worship the money that God gives us so that we can run the missions of the Churches,” he said.

In his Christmas message, Wabukala also hailed as the personification of Christ’s love for the Church, the Muslims who stood in solidarity with their Christian counterparts on Monday when a bus they were travelling on was ambushed by the Al Shabaab.

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He said it was in that spirit of being your brother’s keeper that Kenya would overcome its challenges; be it corruption or terrorism.

He called on the political class to demonstrate the, “maturity,” of the #ManderaHeros by putting what is in the best interest of the Kenyan people ahead of their personal agendas.

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“We have witnessed unnecessary war of words creating unnecessary tension in the country ahead of 2017 (General Elections). Remember we are all a passing generation,” he admonished.

As billions of Christians the world over celebrated Christmas on Friday, Wabukala presided over his last Christmas ceremony as the head of the Anglican Church in Kenya.


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