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Churches must fight corruption within them, Mutunga says

31 August 2015, 15:00 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Church has been asked to join the Judiciary in the fight against corruption following various exposé unearthing phony ways some preachers use to defraud their congregation.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga told the church to join the Judiciary in the fight against corruption as the duo serve the cause of broader humanity.

“Greed can only lead us to sin. It engenders corruption which we must fight both in the judiciary and the Church because it will be a failure to God and the Constitution,” said Mutunga.

 “The Church must fight corruption in its ranks and surgically remove the rise of religious bandits_ faith investors who are preying on the frustration and hopelessness of our people,” he added.

He pointed out that people seek relief in the Judiciary and the Church and said the two organizations should be “service institutions not an extractive industry.”

“As we engage in private enterprise, the most important business is to create a nation that will thrive and a country every citizen will be happy to call home,” said Mutunga.

He asked preachers to desist from using God’s word and phony teachings to enrich themselves through fraudulent practices and instead use their conscience to do good to humanity.

Mutunga assured that the Judiciary will remain committed in interpreting and applying the Constitution to create a nation that is free, full of liberties, tolerance, equality, opportunity, inclusiveness, and non-tribal.

Mutunga’s warning to preachers comes at a time when most religious leaders in the country have disagreed with the Attorney General, Githu Muigai’s proposal to come up with stiff laws and the government be allowed to control the management of churches.

Muigai’s proposal aims at weeding out false pastors exploiting the congregation due to their desperation and hunger for God’s word.

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