No voters card? No holy communion in my church!
An Anglican church clergyman in Embu has threatened to deny his faithful the holy communion, unless they showed prove to have registered as voters.
Reverend Isaiah Njagi, who is the chaplain to the Embu ACK Bishop, said the faithful would be required to produce their voters’ card before they partook in the sacrament.
He said the rules would take effect from Easter period and would continue until election date, with people showing the sign of having the indelible mark to show they had indeed voted.
Addressing the faithful at Good Shepherd ACK Church Kathangariri church, the clergyman said poor leaders were elected by people who failed to participate in the electoral process.
He said it would be in vain for the church to dedicate prayers to the leaders if the faithful did not participate in the election in the first place.
Rev Njagi said the residents should not wait until voter registration exercise is brought to their backyard for them to acquire the documents.
“After this month, during Easter, I will demand to see the voters’ card before I can administer the Eucharist. And the Sunday following the General Election, you must show me the mark to show that you have voted.
“Failure to vote is what allows crooked leaders to get into leadership. You shouldn’t tell me that we present the second prayer is dedicated to the country and those in power. If you elected a corrupt President, do you think the prayer would move him?”
OTHER CHURCH LEADERS
Rev Njagi called upon other church leaders to take part in civic education in order to have their faithful register and even cast votes in the August general election.
He said it should be the responsibility of all Kenyans to remind each other to register as voters and participate in electing deserving leaders.