SDA Evangelist under fire for declaring ‘Raila cannot okoa Kenya, only Jesus can’
An SDA evangelist is under fire for telling a Kisumu congregation on Saturday that “former PM Raila Odinga cannot Okoa Kenya.”
Church elder Mikaya Omondi reportedly told Mamboleo church that only Jesus, and not Raila Odinga, can “okoa Kenya”.
“The congregation did not approve of his statement leading to prolonged silence and murmurs of disapproval thereafter,” a source at the church told the Star. The source sought anonymity for fear of being excommunicated.
Omondi, while preaching during the service dubbed “spiritual youth day Sabbath”, told the youth to refrain from violence and focus on spiritual intervention for dispute resolution.
Pastor Elijah Atito who attended the service defended Omondi. “The people of Kenya must know that neither Cord nor Jubilee can okoa (save) Kenya. Only Jesus Christ can,” he said.
He advised Kenyans to turn to Christ to overcome their tribulations and said they should find comfort in the National Anthem.
“It is prudent for Kenyans to always turn to the first Stanza of our National Anthem which goes, O God of all creation, Bless this our land and nation, Justice be our shield and defender, May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty, Plenty be found within our borders, for encouragement,” he said.
Atito said the SDA church has not yet taken a position on the referendum.