Nairobi - A popular bishop and pastors in Kenya reportedly "cleansed" a local government county assembly through prayer after it was infested with rats from a protest by activists.
The more than 50 clergymen held special prayers early this week at Nyeri County Assembly to spiritually cleanse the premises a month after protesters dumped rats at the assembly.
The clergymen led by Deliverance Church head, Bishop Mark Kariuki, walked inside the assembly, accompanied by Speaker Mwangi Mugo, and prayed for over 30 minutes.
They later sprinkled anointing oil at the gate of the assembly where the demonstrators used to sleep during the protest against the passage of the 2016/2017 budget.
Kariuki said that the rats were a sign of poverty, and primitive, and so there was need to sanctify the place in order to destroy the mission of those who brought the rats.
According to The Star, activists last week released rats in front of the Nyeri county assembly to show their anger with a plan by MCAs to build a KES 30 million gym and sauna.
Armed with cages full of rats, banners and placards, the Nyeri residents marched to the county assembly where they handed in a petition and the cage of rats.
The rats, the report said, numbered to at least 200.
The Daily Nation reported that each of the placards that the protesters carried had a picture of a rat and the name of a ward representative beside it.
In another report on NTV, the group's co-ordinator, John Wamagata, said that they used rats as a symbol because they usually nibbled on things slowly, but eventually caused a lot of damage. He compared the rodents' behaviour to that of county leaders.