The Star (Nairobi)

27 November 2012

Kenya: Chaos Mars Kimende AIPCA Elections As Followers Disagree

A Sunday service at the African Independent Pentecostal Church in Kimende ended in disarray when the faithful disagreed on the mode of voting their new officials.

The disagreement occurred when some faithful were denied entry into the church on claims that they belong to the Eastern Diocese headed by Samson Muthuri. The group supported Archbishop Evanson Ndungu Kibe, the head of the AIPCA in Kenya.

Some of the faithful entered the church compound by jumping over the fence, bringing the service to an abrupt end. Chief Thuo Kimama stopped the faithful from fighting. He addressed them for about 30 minutes and convinced the to go home.

"This is a church and we should not engage into a fight as its even a curse before God. I call upon you to maintain peace and be calm to avoid shame out there," said Kimana.

Pastor James Manga said they were supposed to have held elections in various churches in Kijabe parish with kambaa, Matathia and Kirenga churches holding peaceful polls.

"There was a disagreement at Kimende as the leader of the Eastern Diocese wanted to take over the church, a thing we could not allow. This is the property of the AIPCA church and we cannot allow an outsider to come and take over. We will fight to the bitter end and make sure no ones comes in between us to confused our members," said Manga.

In Kambaa, Evans Thuo was elected chairman and Peter Githaiga his deputy. Susan Wahu was elected as chairlady and Monica Wanjiku treasurer.

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