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Catholic church returns Sh100,000 donation to MP Simba Arati

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A Catholic church in Kisii has returned a Kshs 100,000 donation by Simba Arati, the Dagoretti MP.

Mr. Arati has not yet received the money but he terms the action as unfortunate and politically motivated.

He is eyeing the Kisii governor’s seat.

He alleged that a section of the church leadership was being used by some politicians from Gusii to frustrate their opponents.

“I gave out money to several leaders in the church. Why then are they claiming to have returned part of the money? Why are they not returning the rest, which amounts to more than Sh300,000,” wondered Mr Arati.

He explained that a commotion occurred in Nyamagwa Catholic Parish during a church programme officiated by the representative of the Pope in Kenya, Herbertus Van Megen.

“Yes, a problem occurred and there was shouting in the church between supporters of various politicians when I got in. I do not understand why the shouting occurred yet I had been invited to the church by the priests. That is my home constituency,” he said.

“When the noise persisted, I was requested by one of the priests to step out to allow for normalcy to return. But a section of the faithful followed me out and demanded that I address them. But I declined.”

He said the faithful followed him some kilometres away from the church.

“It was then that I addressed them and tried to calm them. What happened on Sunday is very unfortunate. I respect the church and I strongly believe in God. At the end of it all, I have no bishop or father who is my godfather, but I have God,” he said.





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