23 November 2012

Kenya: Ack Cleric Backs Mutunga's Call to Vet Church Leaders

An Anglican Church of Kenya priest has welcomed the proposal by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to vet religious leaders. Maseno West Diocese Rev Kenneth Wachianga said vetting religious leaders will weed out bogus individuals from the church.

"Some unscrupulous individuals have been swindling the public off their money in the guise of representing the church," he told the Star.

Wachianga added that potential clergies must produce certificate of good conduct, Kenya Revenue Authority certificate and an approval by the Higher Education Loans Board.

The cleric said many students of theology get loans from the church but refuse to repay them after changing their careers. Wachianga asked the house of clergies to ensure that new leaders undergo the vetting process to curb the rise of churches whose aim is to make money.

"Some individuals put up new churches after falling out with their mother churches, yet how they were ordained remains questionable," he added.

Wachianga said the government should outlaw preaching in buses because the offering collected cannot be accounted for, adding that this will ensure freedom of worship is not abused by selfish individuals.

Last week Mutunga proposed that the judiciary vet bishops and pastors to ensure that people with integrity are bestowed with leadership positions.

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