- The members of National Assembly argued that some false religious leaders take advantage of the vulnerability of many Kenyans to brainwash them with their cult-like teachings.
- Mogaka urged his fellow MPs to make laws which can prevent mushrooming of churches in Kenya.
Some 15 MPs have called for tough regulations of churches to safeguard Kenyans from deceitful religious doctrines.
The members of National Assembly argued that some false religious leaders take advantage of the vulnerability of many Kenyans to brainwash them with their cult-like teachings.
The MPs included Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), John Chikati (Tongaren) ,Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Tim Wanyonyi (Westlands), Paul Abuor (Rongo), Julius Sunkuli (Kilgoris) and Stephen Mogaka (West Mugirango).
They said it is high time churches regulated themselves if they want to operate independently.
They asked organizations like the National Council of Churches (NCCK), the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and other well-established churches organisations to stand firm in regulating churches.
Chikati said some churches have been turned into a place of business as others become a recipe for deaths.
“It’s unfortunate that the church which is expected to protect people has turned into a place of death and wrong teachings. What we’re witnessing in Shakahola should be stopped by appropriate regulation,” Chikati said.
Speaking during a fundraiser at St Paul’s Homa Bay Catholic Church on Sunday, the MPs argued that some churches have abused the freedom they have been enjoying in the country.
Other MPs who were present included Tim Wanyonyi (Westlands) and Getrude Mbeyu (Kilifi), Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza), Joyce Kamene (Machakos), Charles Onchoke (Bonchari), Innocent Obiri (Bobasi) and Mburu Kahangara (Lari)
They challenged organisations of established churches to ensure they begin regulating churches.
Kaluma said time had come for the church to embrace morality.
“True christian teachings want people to remain faithful and abide by what is morally acceptable before God,” Kaluma said.
Omondi expressed concerns that some churches have been commercialised to an extent that people give money in order to be prayed for.
He said commercialisation of churches is a recipe for deaths and cultism like what happened in Shakahola.
“Why must a church leadership comprise of a nuclear family? That means there is no true Christian teaching,” Omondi said.
Abuor told religious leaders not to feel that they are being micro managed.
He said there is need for every religious leader in the country to preach the religious messages which build the society.
“Religious messages should build the society not destroy it,” Abuor said.
Sunkuli said many people who lack understanding of what Christianity is become gullible to deceitful religious leaders.
He challenged religious leaders to teach the people the church means.
“Some not serious people take advantage of weak Kenyans to teach them stories which lead them to death as that of Shakahola,” Sunkuli said.
Mogaka urged his fellow MPs to make laws which can prevent mushrooming of churches in Kenya.
He called on the churches not wait for intervention from the State or parliament.
“Anybody can wake up in Kenya and start a church and hoodwink vulnerable Kenyans. Let’s prevent the mushrooming of churches in the country,” Mogaka said.