Religious leaders Friday held prayers against political wars between Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and the county’s ward representatives, noting they threaten to destabilise the country.
During the interdenominational meeting in Kutus town, leaders from several churches in the region also noted that residents have borne the brunt of the infighting.
Led by Bishop Joseph Kibucwa of the Anglican diocese, the leaders further expressed concerns that county operations are slowly grinding to a halt.
All members of Parliament other than Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici were conspicuously absent alongside 30 of the county’s 33 ward representatives.
The governor also skipped the meeting but was represented by Lands executive Samuel Kanjobe.
Jubilee’s Party’s local chairman, Mr Mureithi Kang'ara, also attended the meeting and welcomed the prayers.
The leaders underscored the need for unity among elected leaders for the sake of development projects to benefit the people.
They said residents are suffering as service delivery in almost all the departments has been affected adversely and wondered how the Covid-19 pandemic will be dealt with.
"When leaders fight, it is the residents who suffer," said Bishop Kibucwa.
"We worry when we see politicians engaged in retrogressive wars at the expense of residents in dire need of services," said the pastor Charles Mwai of Jesus Is Lord of All Church.
The clergy urged the governor and MCAS to forgive each other and declare a ceasefire so that peace prevails and to focus on building Kirinyaga.
They regretted that the leaders appear to have forgotten their constitutional roles and are now focused on the 2022 General Election.
"It is time for those in political leadership to deliver on their mandates instead of politicking. It is not yet time for campaign," said Bishop Francis Wanderi of The People’s Church.
Ms Ngirici praised the clergy for addressing the region’s problems through prayer.
“Prayers are the answer to all things so we shall continue attending such meetings when invited,” she said.
Mr Kang'ara admitted that all is not well in the region and asked the MCA to give up the fighting.
"Roads can't be built and health facilities upgraded because the governor and MCAS are at loggerheadS.The spiritual leaders should continue praying for the warring parties until unity is restored," he said.
Ms Waiguru and the MCAS have been embroiled in a protracted battle which has attracted the Senate’s attention.
The MCAs recently impeached the governor but she was saved by the Senate.