Pastors demand weapons as church murders surge
31 October 2013, 10:50
Mombasa - The National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK) has endorsed calls to government to arm local church leaders following a spate of murders targeting coastal pastors.
“It is the clergy’s rights to be given firearms in conformity to the Kenyan Law,” the council stated following a joint press briefing.
The coastal clergies had made such a request to the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, in a move that had drawn a mixed reaction from Kenyans.
The Muslim leaders had termed the move by men of God to demand weapons as “ridiculous.”
The level of insecurity in the country has risen in the near past with gangs raiding and killing innocent citizens.
The most recent murder involved the killing of clergies happened last weekend when pastors from southern coastal towns were killed in separate incidents.
The two deaths came a few weeks after riots were witnessed in Mombasa after the drive-by shooting of a prominent Muslim church leader and three companions in the aftermath of the Westgate terror attack.
The police department had respondent to the clergies’ request by stating that they would make the process of acquiring firearms easier.
– CAJ News