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Church threatens to oust Uhuru over new laws

12 January 2016, 11:11

Nairobi - The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya has pledged to vote against President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party  in the upcoming general election over the new laws seeking to regulate church activities.

Speaking in Nairobi on Monday, the Alliance chair, Bishop Mark Kariuki said they will rally worshippers to vote against the Jubilee government in the next polls if the Attorney General goes ahead to implement the new regulations.

The new laws require all pastors to present Theological training certificates, which Kariuki said is mischievous since preaching is about God’s calling.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiku of Jesus Is Alive Ministries said that the church is already regulated, noting that preaching is not theological.

She posted on twitter: "The people who were used by God biblically were not really educated, most of the preaching is not theological but revelation from God."

The church has now called on the government to use existing machinery to weed out fake preachers, Daily Nation reports.

However, majority of Kenyans feel that the church need to be more regulated to protect Christians against con preachers.

Read Also: Government unveils plan to rein in errant preachers

Here are some of their responses as posted on twitter:

@Sircorleon: “You wonder how the bishops and prophets are very wealthy yet their flock is very poor smh!”

@TomJMO: “My father's house of worship has become a den of thieves, stealing in the name of the Lord!”

@dombwori: “The church abused their freedom and they should not blame the government.”

@ansteneth: “I support the regulations. Crooks have turned churches into business enterprises.”

@Ookoscope: “These evangelicals have become SME's and are out to mint money for their CEO 'clergy’.”

@KJeremiahN: “While the regulations may be draconian, we need agree the Gospel-prenuers need be controlled!”

@Waltermaina: “Churches should be regulated, we've seen all kind of thugs hiding behind the bible.”

@reagankay1: “Cosmetic churches are all over in the country. They should be regulated.”

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