In what is shaping up to be a major confrontation with the State in many years, religious organisations are bracing for an all-out war over new regulations to govern their operations.
Christian and Muslim leaders vowed to fight the proposed laws in and out of the houses of worship, and even in court. But the Government, through Attorney General Githu Muigai, stuck to its guns and declared there was no going back, saying all stakeholders were consulted fully in the process of formulating the laws. “A few of the proposed requirements have been deemed necessary to accommodate new developments and challenges of the 21st century demanding our adjustment accordingly,” said Prof Muigai.
A division was, however, apparent among the religious organisations, with mainstream churches seemingly supportive of the Government’s move to regulate the sector.
According to Anglican Church of Kenya Bishop Beneah Salah, the church is not as healthy as it should be. “Horrible things are happening in the church today. There is a lot of commercialisation of the gospel with this prosperity gospel,” said Salah. Read more