Church of alleged gay preacher cleansed
17 September 2015, 21:36
Nyeri - The Bishop of Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Mount Kenya West Diocese, Joseph Kagunda has cleansed a church that was administered by a preacher accused of participating in homosexuality.
The Bishop’s move however sparked protests from some of the Kagongo Parish Church faithful who insisted that the Archdeacon was innocent and was only being victimized over differences in the church's leadership politics.
The Bishop however said the church had to be cleansed after unknown people reportedly dropped leaflets in the church compound saying normal services would not resume unless Archdeacon Gachau Njogu was restored as the minister.
“The dropping of the leaflets in the church is a desecration of our holy place and we had to cleanse it as per the procedure of our church,” Bishop Kagunda said.
The Bishop who arrived at the church accompanied by his entourage and a few of the church members, said a prayer before he sprinkled a cleansing water around the church.
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Shortly after his departure, the church members gathered into small groups where they discussed the events unfolding in their church in low tones.
A tribunal of the church suspended Njogu early last week after a youth at the parish reportedly accused him of sodomy.
His suspension has however caused friction at the church, with most of them saying that their priest was being maliciously targeted by some powerful people in the church whom they said are jealous of his success in the parish.
Speaking to journalists on anonymous condition for fear of excommunication, they said that they had been denied a good spiritual leader who had brought enormous development to their parish.
They credited the suspended Archdeacon with spearheading the unity of Christians in the area besides initiating and completing many church development projects.
Saying they believed in their priest's innocence, they wondered why the young man who accused their archdeacon only emerged to make his claims recently when the alleged sexual assault reportedly happened three years ago.
They said they suspected that their archdeacon was the victim of power games in the church and expressed hope that the matter will be resolved soon and their pastor reinstated.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!
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