A female congregant has appealed to her church headquarters for protection after her home church allegedly failed to act on her complaint of alleged sexual harassment by a pastor.
Peris Ondara filed an affidavit accusing pastor Paul Owuor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Nairobi East, of sexually harassing her. The complainant who also works as a teacher at a school sponsored by the church, at which the pastor is also based, said efforts to get support from church elders has been unsuccessful.
But when contacted, Owuor denied the allegations, saying “the woman is out to taint my image”. He also denied allegations that she reported the matter to the church’s management. Ondara alleged Owuor summoned her to his office at around 8.30am on September 30. “He told me I am beautiful, young and good looking and he would be happy to go out with me,” she said. Ondara said Owuor said she would only get allowances, a salary increment and permanent employment if she gave in.