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Litein AIC church celebrates 100th anniversary since inception

South rift leaders have urged for sobriety and toning down of political rhetoric to ensure faster development and efficient service delivery to the people.

Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Emurua Dikir Legislator Johana Ngeno and Kericho governor Dr. Erick Mutai, speaking during celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Litein AIC Church in Bureti, Kericho County resolved to have politics relegated to the back seat and prioritize issues to do with real development, education and social welfare of citizens.

Cheruiyot noted that political campaigns just ended the other day and leaders should engage themselves in working on the pledges they made to the electorate.

Cheruiyot who is also the majority leader in the senate said that it would be disrespectful to the people if leaders were to dwell on continuous politicking and immature campaigns on issues that benefit less the people to elect them to office.

“Today Ngeno alias “Ngong” you spoke well, I agree with you that we set aside petty politicking and work for wananchi,” said the Senator.

On his part, the Emurua Dikir Legislator said some things needed to be fought for, and asked for area leader to unite in championing for needs of the residents.

The trio said the affordable housing programme was something good and wondered why the opposition was opposed to it yet it’s a thing they had also promised to do for Wananchi, had they assumed office.

Cheruiyot said that affordable houses will be built in Kericho and extended to cover Litein and Kapkatet urban centres.

The leaders said they would have a public participation forum this month in the Litein centre and called on all the residents to attend and participate in the forum.

While delivering his sermon, AIC Bishop Paul Kirui called on the church faithful to practice sharing with the less fortunate members of the society if they are to be blessed.

Bishop Kirui hailed the missionaries who started the AIC Church in Litein in 1923 including Andrew Malta Anderson and wife Vivian Etta, Erick Barnet and Peter Makalam, with the local African inland missionary’s preachers, Mariko Chepotalai and Amos Chemongira among others in the early 1920s. Anderson was buried at Litein primary school grounds.

Cheruiyot and Governor Mutai said that as leaders they will organize a major fundraiser to rebuild a bigger and modern church.

By Dominic Cheres

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