Pastors That Have Ventured Into Politics

  • A collage of religious leaders
    A collage of religious leaders
  • As the campaigns period approaches its peak season, individuals from different walks of life have thrown their hearts into the ring in an attempt to secure an elective office.

    From teachers to drivers and even pastors, the individuals have joined the foray and are playing the murky games of politics with the aim of getting their foot into the door.

    Here are five men and women of the cloth who got into the game and how they faired.

    Bishop Wanjiru

    Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.
    Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.

    Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, a household name to many Nairobians, runs one of the biggest churches in the country, Jesus Is Alive Ministries(JIAM). 

    Wanjiru joined politics in 2007 when she vied for the Starehe Member of Parliament seat which she won. She was then appointed an Assistant Minister for Housing in 2008. 

    In 2017, the Bishop vied for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat but was edged out of the Jubilee Party primaries by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who eventually won the seat before he was impeached three years later. 

    Wanjiru is vying for the same seat under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party headed by Deputy President William Ruto.

    David Githii 

    Former PCEA Moderator David Githii during a past summon
    Former PCEA Moderator David Githii during a past summon.

    Former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) David Githii is running for the presidency. Githii argued that it was time for men of the cloth to take over the reins in government for the country’s prosperity.

    "It is now the time that men and women, with the background of serving God, take charge and show Kenyans the way God will run the country for prosperity and greatness," he said.

    The former reverend resigned from his duties in 2009 but had his license was terminated in 2014 in what he termed as fallout with a faction in the church. 

    Pius Muiru

    A file image of Bishop Pius Muiru
    A file image of Pastor Pius Muiru

    Bishop Pius is the lead pastor at Maximum Miracle Centre Church in Nairobi. Mwiru vied for the Presidency in the 2007 General Election via the Kenya People’s Party (KPP) ticket and emerged fifth with 9,667 votes.

    The televangelist managed to beat four other candidates including veteran politician Kenneth Matiba. 

    Bishop Boniface Adoyo 

    Retired Bishop Boniface Enos Adoyo was the head of Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM). In 2013, he vied for the Nairobi Senatorial seat but lost to former Governor Mike Sonko.

    Prior to politics, Adoyo served as the Chancellor of the Pan African Christian University, Ombudsman of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as well as the Council Member – Daystar University.

    Bishop Titus Khamala 

    Titus Khamala is the founding bishop of Cornerstone Ministries in Kakamega and a Member of Parliament for Lurambi Constituency, a position he has held since 2017.

    He is known for his active role in representing the people while leading a humble life since ascending to the position under the Amani National Congress (ANC) party.

    In a previous interview, Khamala stated that he had no bodyguard, driver or security officers and that he preferred to handle all tasks by himself. 

    Lurambi MP Titus Khamala
    Lurambi MP Titus Khamala speaking during a past event.