Bishop Margaret Wanjiruhas already declared herself as the ‘Hustlers’ choice for the looming Nairobi by-election, something that is already attracting mixed reactions.
While dismissing her candidature, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda told the presiding Bishop of Jesus Is Alive Ministries to concentrate on “doing theatrics in church and leave politics to its owners”.
Kamanda alleged that the city pastor has been using dark powers to fool her followers and enrich herself using their money.
The former Starehe MP also said the woman of God endorsed Deputy President William Ruto for the presidency after receiving bribes.
In her rebuttal, the cleric first denied using witchcraft to attract more members in her church.
“I don’t use witchcraft as he said, but according to his talk, you can tell he is in witchcraft,” she said.
The cleric said allegations that Dr Ruto has been giving her money are meant to intimidate her after declaring she is going for the city gubernatorial seat.
“Ruto does not come to churches dishing money, he just contributes the little God has given him. In fact, he never asks for political support, it is us Kenyans who have decided he must be the fifth President of Kenya.”
“Maina Kamanda should remember he is a nominated MP representing persons with disability. If he thinks I’m not fit to run for the governor’s post, he should resign and face me in the contest,” she said.
The two have not been getting along well for over a decade. In 2007, Wanjiru, then an ODM member, floored Kamanda of PNU in the Starehe parliamentary contest.
Kamanda staged a legal battle that culminated into a vote recount. The court ordered a by-election to held in the constituency after the recount showed that he won with a clear margin.