Starting a church, declaring oneself a Mighty Prophet or a holy Reverend in Kenya is all about to change, with a Member of Parliament demanding a law come in effect to regulate the formation and registration of churches in Kenya.
Kigumo MP Muturi Kigano filed a motion in the National Assembly on Thursday compelling Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki to present a bill in the House within 90 days.
Mr Muturi’s motion will be considered by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, which will then table a report in the House on the measures aimed at dealing with rogue pastors and churches in the country.
The crux of the motion is to amend the Societies Act to empower the Registrar of Societies to bring sanity to the sector. Reports the Daily Nation.
“The purpose of this proposal is to curtail theft from the public by certain individuals calling themselves ‘men of God’. We must regulate the industry because it has become a den of corruption, extortion and other social evils,” Mr Kigano said.
He said if the Attorney-General does not come up with the bill as contemplated in his motion, he will be forced to draft a private members’ bill, noting that the current law is weak and, therefore, cannot address the problems that “we see”.
The proposed regulation, he said, targets the charismatic or modern-day churches, and not the traditional such as the Catholic, Adventist or Anglican churches.
Kenya like other Countries accross Africa have been plagued by rogue pastors and the gospel has been trending for all the wrong reasons.
The latest scandals in Kenya affect Prophet Owuor who is alleged to have duped and probably drugged a woman to subdue her will for 15 years and ended up spending all her incoming that ran to hundreds of millions.
Pastor Ng’ang’a was recently arrested for threatening a Journalist who had made a viral broadcast requesting the government to regulate religious activities in the county.
Kenya’s constitutiton recognizes the Supremacy of God and while its a largely Christian country, other religions are recognized like Islam, and Hinduism.
Unfortunately its from Christianity that a lot of scandals and tales of fraud have emanated from.