West Pokot men of cloth oppose the new church law

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West Pokot governor and AIC presiding bishop at church. Photo/Evans Jaola/ West Fm

Religious leaders from the West Pokot County have rejected the proposed law meant to rein in rogue men and women of cloth terming it manipulative and discriminatory.

Speaking in Kapenguria at the West Pokot Pastors Network meeting, the clerics said that the proposed rules drafted by the Attorney General and the Communications Authority (CA) infringes fundamentals human rights.

West Pokot governor and AIC presiding bishop at church. Photo/Evans Jaola/ West Fm
West Pokot governor and AIC presiding bishop at the church. Photo/Evans Jaola/ West Fm

 

Chairman Rev Ronald Chumum said they wanted the government to set up regulations that will protect the church in a better way although they accept the fight against rogue pastors.

They instead want the AG’s office and the authority to punish particular individuals using the church to fleece unsuspecting Kenyans.

The Clerics said they would move to court if the proposed laws are enforced and called on parliament to ensure amendment of the new regulations.

“The proposed laws override the Constitution of Kenya and violate the Societies Act. As churches, we shall not allow them to be enforced,” said Chumum.

However Anglican Church Presiding Bishop Silas Yego called on sobriety on challenging the new regulation adding there is need for regulation to deal with rogue preachers.

West Pokot governor and AIC church presiding bishop Yegon
West Pokot governor and AIC church presiding bishop Yegon /Photo/Jaola Evans/ West Fm

Speaking in Kapsait AIC church Bishop Yego called on the government to ensure the new law is not set to undermine the church but to protect the holy altar.

He called on the government to conduct more consultation with the Church to ensure all parties inclusive in the formation of the new laws.

West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin who accompanied the Bishop proposed that the government allocate 5 percent of its revenue to support the religious organization.

He said the move will help deal with rogue pastors who have taken the chance to do business with Kenyans.

Kachapin however called on the Church to engage with the government if need for amendment in the proposed law.

“We want both the government and the church to consult to ensure religious organizations are not undermined by the new law,” he said.