Churches should not reopen if they cannot pray for Corona to end – Kalembe

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Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile speaking to the press Monday. Kalembe said that churches should not reopen if they cannot pray for Coronavirus to end. (Photo credit - Mauvoo)

Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile has literally taken war to the doorstep of churches. Speaking to the press Monday, the vocal politician said that churches should not be allowed to reopen to collect offerings if they do not pray for Coronavirus to end as some have claimed to pray for the healing of the sick in the past.

Kalembe took a swipe at the Churches that have been asking the Government to reopen them promising to adhere to directives on handwashing and social distancing saying Coronavirus is a punishment from God for churches that have been misusing their followers.

Jana nimeona watu wa makanisa wakisema zifunguliwe na tukuwe na distance tutafuata sheria. Hamkujua mungu amekuja kupiga makanisa Yale yalikuwa yanatumia raia vibaya. Hamkujua mungu ameleta Corona ili asimamishe kanisa zile zinatumia jina ya mungu vibaya.” The former MP said.”

“Mimi naomba hawa watu wa makanisa waombee Corona iishe kwanza ili waende kanisani. Hapo ndio tutajua tumeshinda. Lakini huwezi kusema hata Corona ikiendelea tupewe ruhusa twende tuchukue sadaka. Hapana. fanyeni ile miujiza. Akina prophet Owuor sijui mko wapi. Ombeeni Corona iishe. ” He added.

The former MP asked Government not to reopen churches until Corona is over noting that some preachers have been just after offerings noting that even Jesus asked people to go to the innermost room and pray for themselves.

He also took a swipe at President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga for the Ruai evictions that saw hundreds of families evicted at night.

Ni alliance gani mnatafuta ya kuchukua uongozi na mnabomolea watu manyumba. Maskini hana kitu cha kukula. Mngekuwa serikali ya maana mngeunda alliance ya kutafuta hawa watu na mwajengee manyumba. Hakuna kubembelezana hapa. Undeni alliance ya matajiri na tutapatana kwa debe kama hamtatumia maaskari na majeshi.

On the political alliance between President Uhuru and Raila Odinga, he noted that the only alliance that can be useful now is that formed to fight Coronavirus.

Kalembe’s remarks on churches come just days after Makueni church leaders said they were frustrated by the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s remarks that pastors want to risk the lives of members for the sake of collecting tithes and offerings. They demanded an apology from CS Kagwe and asked him to start filling Kenyans with hope and not instilling fear and hopelessness during these difficult times.

Early April, a section of clerics from Makueni County asked the National Government to reconsider its decision to close churches. According to the preachers, Churches must be allowed to operate just like Government facilities are doing with a promise to observe social distancing.

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