Proposed church regulations infringe freedom of worship, warns Raila
14 January 2016, 09:58
Nairobi - CORD Leader Raila Odinga has warned that the proposed regulations on running the church in the country infringe the constitutional freedom of worship.
Odinga, who was flanked by key religious leaders at a press conference in Nairobi said the regulations proposed by Attorney General Githu Muigai should be withdrawn as they contravene provisions on freedom of worship in the new Constitution.
"We already have laws governing the running of churches in this country and the proposed regulations will kill liberty enjoyed by the church," said Odinga.
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He added that the Attorney General should ensure religious leaders are fully involved in any changes to laws governing the church to avoid disputes.
Githu, who has persistently defended the proposed regulations, says they are aimed at weeding out deceitful preachers conning Kenyans by persuading the to send money to receive miracles and Islamic preachers propagating radicalization among youths who then join terrorist groups.
Religious leaders in the country have strongly opposed the regulation arguing that the government intends to muzzle the church.
The outcry from religious leaders who threatened to vote out Jubilee administration in 2017 polls forced President Uhuru Kenyatta to ask the AG to amend contentious clauses in the regulations.
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