Divisions have rocked Anglican Church of Kenya over handling of money donated by politicians as the war on corruption intensified.
Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit on Tuesday faulted the church against handling money from politicians, adding that the culture is 'killing' reputation of churches.
In his proposal, Sapit now wants donations from politicians not to be announced, adding that the church should not focus on inviting them for Harambees.
“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," he said.
But on Sunday, ACK Mt Kenya region Bishop Timothy Gichere said there is nothing wrong with politicians giving donations to church, adding that the money should be used for development of the church.
According to him, perceived corruption politicians should be charged in court rather than blocking them from giving contributions.
“When leaders come to church and contribute money with clean hearts, we can’t decline because we are not in a position to know if the money is from corruption," he said at the Murang’a GK Prison on Sunday.
"We are not there to rebuke and label people as corrupt because that is the obligation of the courts. Let the judicial process go on without the politicisation of the war on graft so the culprits are arrested and charged."
Lately, a sharp debate has emerged from either sides of political divide have accused each other or using church to launder money. ODM leader Raila Odinga has been vocal about the matter.