Use witchcraft to win and we’ll ban you from church – cler­ics

Wizards are set to make a killing. Many Embu politi­cians use the dark arts to to win and pro­tect them­selves against be­witch­ment by their ad­ver­saries – Bishop Sil­vanus

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - REUBEN GITHINJI @TheS­tarKenya

Embu cler­gy­men say wizards are set to make a killing in the polls and have have pledged to ex­com­mu­ni­cate politi­cians who use witchcraft to win.

They made the an­nounce­ment on Monday dur­ing an in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional meet­ing un­der the Embu Bish­ops’ and Pas­tors’ Fel­low­ship. The meet­ing was held at Gak­we­gori Mwamba Imara NICA Church

More than 15 cler­gy­men, led chair­man Bishop Sil­vanus Njeru of the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya, said wizards get rich dur­ing a killing dur­ing the elec­tions pe­riod. “Many Embu politi­cians are no­to­ri­ous for us­ing witchcraft. They seek help from wizards for pro­tec­tion against be­witch­ing by their ad­ver­saries and to boost their political strength by woo­ing more vot­ers to their camp,” he said.

The church lead­ers said some politi­cians will stop at noth­ing to win elec­tions. The cler­gy­men urged politi­cians to turn to the church for prayers in­stead. “We will not watch as politi­cians turn to cults, di­vin­ers and sor­cer­ers for help to win votes,” Njeru said.

In a state­ment read by the fel­low­ship sec­re­tary Bishop John Ga­cungi, the cler­gy­men said, “It might be dif­fi­cult to iden­tify who vis­its sor­cer­ers but we will make sure any politi­cian named in con­nec­tion with witchcraft is publicly shamed and Chris­tians should to re­ject him.”

They cler­ics said they will hold in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional prayers to cast out spells bind­ing the elec­torate to cer­tain politi­cians.

They urged politi­cians to avoid us­ing neg­a­tive eth­nic­ity to di­vide res­i­dents.

They also warned politi­cians against invit­ing sec­tions of res­i­dents to their homes to in­cite them against per­ceived “en­emy’ tribes”.

“The church will not con­done such seg­re­ga­tion of its fol­low­ers,” Ga­cungi said. Bishop Njeru Nyaga of the National In­de­pen­dent Church of Africa said politi­cians will not be al­lowed to cam­paign in church.

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