Bishop Mechumo refutes allegations of church priests escaping with offerings at funerals.
Written by Protus Simiyu
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The Bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya ACK Bungoma Diocese George Mechumo has refuted reports of church priests escaping with offerings meant for the bereaved families during burial ceremonies.
Bishop Mechumo termed such reports as baseless, unfounded and with malicious intention to the reputation of the ACK church in particular Bungoma Diocese church.
His Lordship the Bishop categorically stated that no single money meant for the family of the late Fred Nansila was taken away by the priest of Chepukube Parish David Malaria during his burial.
Mechumo revealed that during the burial service, there were two types of offerings where Sh. 64,000 was raised to assist the bereaved family and 3, 633 was raised as offering to the church.
“The money that was raised for the family was announced publicly and handed to the family and church offerings was handed to the church and all is on record,” Bishop Mechumo said.
The Clergy insisted that normally the priest must be at every mass and that during the burial of the late Nansila procedures and arrangement of the church was strictly followed.
“We had singing, prayers of the church, preaching and finally offerings conducted through the church liturgy that is acceptable by the Anglican Communion,” he pointed out.
Bishop Mechumo warned people to stop escalating issues that are not factual asserting that burial masses are not for the clans, the civil rights groups or any other church but the Anglican Church.
“Instead of propagating rumors, our offices are open and we urge all to come and verify facts because as a church there is nothing we can hide,” the Clergy urged.
The Bishops sentiments come hardly a week after the members of the Jukwaa La Katiba led by Mr. Wilberforce Lumbuku alleged that the head priest of Chepukube ACK Parish David Malaria escaped with offerings meant for the bereaved family donated by politicians and members of the public during the burial of the late Fred Nansila who was a strong supporter of New Ford Kenya party.