A section of residents from Wangu ward in Murang’a county have accused Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro of what they termed as showing disrespect to the church.
The residents, led by their MCA Kamote Waciama castigated Nyoro for arriving in the church late and trying to take full control of the occasion.
Waciama said the legislator ought to have respected invited guests led by his nominated counterpart Maina Kamanda to avoid bringing unnecessary confrontations which paralyzed the fund raising event for more than 10 minutes.
Chaos were witnessed at Gitui Catholic Church in Kiharu constituency Sunday, after Nyoro, who is the area MP stormed into the fundraising event, attended by legislators allied to Kieleweke faction of Jubilee Party.
But after the MP was invited to talk to the congregation, he adamantly refused to give microphone back to Kamanda who was presiding over the function forcing the latter to invite police and stop him.
The flamboyant youthful MP then accused the group led by Kamanda of visiting his home tuff without informing him, adding that he was the one supposed to invite other guests.
The presiding priest together with church leaders managed to bring down the confrontations and eventually the harambee went on.
Local residents now say Nyoro should have just waited for the function to end and then confront the other leaders outside the church.
“We respect our MP but it was wrong for him to try and take full control of an event being led by other leaders. He is the duly elected Kiharu MP but he could have approached the incident differently,” said Waciama.
On his part, Ichagaki MCA Charles Kimani said the incident was shameful and called on all leaders to give respect to houses of worship.
Kimani said there is need for leaders to tolerate each other and respect members of congregation who have gone to church purely for worship.
“Taking politics to church is a great disrespect to God and Christians at large. As leaders we need to carry ourselves with decorum all the time,” he added.
He said such actions should be condemned as they may set wrong precedent for 2022 election campaigns.
On the other hand, Nyoro’s supporters accused Kamanda and his group of spreading divisive politics in Kiharu.
Led by Joseph Ndungu, the group said their MP had every right to preside the occasion, but not Kamanda who was the chief guest.
“Leaders visiting Kiharu should give respect to our MP. What happened in Gitui can be attributed to bad leadership exhibited by Kamanda and his team.
Nyoro is allied to tanga tanga political outfit which is seeking support for deputy president’s William Ruto 2022 presidential bid.
By Bernard Munyao