Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has dared the church to ban fundraisers popularly known as Harambees, mocking the ongoing debate on having them scrapped.
On Tuesday, Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit faulted churches against tolerating corrupt politicians. Mr Sapit argued that in case such donations are given, they should not be made public.
“If you are to come to worship, come with your resources. And let us, as the church, also learn to mobilise resources for our development agenda and do it quietly, not with the hype that takes us off the pulpit. Let us not allow harambee money to become a subtle way of sanitising corrupt leaders.”
"We must say no to those undermining the institutions and putting up blockades in the war on corruption. We must tell them firmly that corruption is sinful and that God sees through their evil plans and actions," he said.
Deputy President William Ruto has been on the receiving end over his huge donations to churches, with ODM leader Raila Odinga often tasking him to explain the source of his money.
But Murkomen, in a sarcastic tweet, also dared church leaders to decline donations from sinners, a statement that caused jitters among social media users.
"It will be great to see churches ban all harambees in church. It will be even greater to see them ban sinners from contributing tithes, offerings and harambee donations in church. May be then we shall truly say we are in Caanan or better still heaven on earth," wrote Murkomen.
Over the weekend in Kisumu, Odinga challenged church leases to reject huge donations from politicians, arguing that they compromise the morals of the church.