Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has attracted backlash on social media after telling religious leaders to announce their preferred candidates in churches ahead of the August polls.

Speaking during a Kenya kwanza engagement with leaders in Nairobi on Monday, Wanjiru said that church leaders should declare all their preferred candidates in the pulpit. 

“Viongozi wa makanisa nawaomba msiaibike kusimama kwa madhabahu kusema candidate wenu. Tangaza wote kutoka kwa madhabahu.

“Wale ambao hawajaokoka kama sisi wakienda kwa platforms zao hawana aibu ya kutangaza watu wao na sisi wenye tumeokoka na tuna madhabahu tusiwe na aibu ya kutangaza viongozi wenye tunataka waingie,” Bishop Wanjiru stated.

However, her sentiments did not go down well with a section of netizens who were quick to disagree with the remarks.

According to a section of netizens, the church was a place of worship and therefore any kind of politics should be kept off the pulpit.

Others said that the bishop was entitled to her own opinion but the church was independent, hence believers should be allowed to worship peacefully.

Another section mentioned that the Bishop was inviting chaos to the church considering it had people of different political groupings. 

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Meanwhile, Deputy President William Ruto previously asked the church to step forward and declare its stand in the political field ahead of the upcoming general election.

Speaking during the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya National Convention 2022 in Nairobi, Ruto said that the church can no longer continue to stay at its neutral place.

“The church must step forward in our politics. It can no longer afford to be neutral but place itself at the centre of our politics to fashion a conversation towards a Kenya We Want; an inclusive Kenya of equal opportunities for all,” the DP said.