Church leaders from Lower Eastern region have judged the “Koma declaration” that saw community leaders, professionals and elders promise to support Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s desire to become president in 2022.
Early this month, Kalonzo met with several leaders in Machakos where he was endorsed to be the president in 2022.
On Thursday, church leaders from different denominations converged in Nairobi where they said the church as an institution was not party to the declaration which they said was made at an unsuitable time.
Led by Archbishop Arthur Kitonga, the president of Association of Evangelicals in Eastern Africa, preachers said the meeting was not concerned about the development in the region and was rather aimed at promoting interests of individuals.
The 20 clergy leaders criticised meetings aimed at detaching the community from the government, saying they will conduct a different meeting next month to lead the people from the region in charting the future of the region’s economy.
“The meeting was only for political interests and unity as it was purpoted. There were no concerns on development and that is its undoing,” said Kitonga .
Kitonga said the people in Lower Eastern were in need of Government support, adding that such meetings by politicians were denying the Central Government the commitment to help them.
“Our people are being swept by floods and as a result people need help for food and other things. How can we ask the state to step in when our leaders are pushing conflicting interests?” Kitonga said.
In their joint message read by clergy Secretary General Joel Nzomo, they condemned a section of politicians he did not mention, saying such politicians were misleading Kenyans yet they have nothing to offer.
“Some have been in power for many years and they have nothing substantial to show. We say enough is enough,” said Nzomo.