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Church closed over sexual immorality claims

13 January 2014, 16:14 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Residents of Ruring’u estate on the fringes of Nyeri town Monday stormed a local church following claims that the pastor was detaining young ladies in the church for sexual favours.

The more than 20 girls aged between 15 and 25 were found in a residential building believed to belong to Archbishop Peter Maina of The Born of the Holy Spirit Church in Ruring’u, also known as Jerushun.  

The ladies were said to have been detained in the church for immoral activities after running away from their homes.

Residents said they took the move following claims that the Archbishop and his junior pastors have been seeking sexual favours from the ladies.

The whole group is accommodated in one room and are all unemployed, according to the furious residents.

However, the pastor denied the sexual immorality allegations stating that the group is on a prayer mission like any other Christian.

“Even Catholic goes for prayer missions. I don’t know what the issue is and the accusers should come out clear on why they are fighting the church,” said the Pastor.

On their side, the group of distraught ladies with turbans on their heads said they were studying computer and tailoring courses in the building through the sponsorship of the pastor.

However, the media did not find any single computer or tailoring machine in the building; some followers were also found hiding in Maina’s room.

The young ladies - some from Kisumu, Kiambu, Kitale and other parts of the country - according to the pastor, were in the church voluntarily to serve God.

Margret Dorcas, a guardian who had gone to pick her underage daughter from the church, said she learnt on her whereabouts recently.

“I paid her school fees up to Form four only for her to disappear and join the church which was initially based in Kitale. It was closed down by members of public over claims of immorality,” said Dorcas.

Pastor Maina denied the claims saying the ladies are camping in the church willingly. By the time of going to the press, police officers had arrivd at the scene and arrested the Archbishop alongside his juniors for interrogation.

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