CITAM bishop Calisto Odede put Meru Senator Mithika Linturi on the spot on Friday, March 4, 2022 when he seemed to detour into politics during a prayer session.
A prayer breakfast was held at the CITAM church in Meru county for local religious and political leaders. The prayer breakfast aimed to promote peace, unity, prosperity, and growth in the run-up to the August 9 general election.
Linturi, who is a member of Ruto’s UDA party, was given the opportunity to speak to the crowd during the prayer session.
During his address, the outspoken politician took aim at ODM leader Raila Odinga, accusing him of inciting violence during electioneering.
“People have been fighting because there is a person who refuses to recognize the results once the IEBC has announced them,” the politician alleged.
The presiding Bishop came to the pulpit after Linturi’s statement and asked him to follow the church’s regulation, which prohibits politics in its platform.
Bishop Odede reminded Linturi that he ministers to people of many political beliefs, and it is his responsibility to respect the congregation’s political diversity.
“Senator, thank you very much. As I indicated previously, as a church, we strive to preach to people from many political parties without fostering hostility.
In a function like this, which takes place in our church, we aim to retain the mindset that everyone is welcome, whether they are UDA, ODM, or Jubilee. You need to feel at ease here, knowing that no one is alienating you or saying anything unpleasant. I’m not sure if we need to let you continue, Mheshimiwa “According to the bishop.