A section of Uasin Gishu Muslim Clerics now wants the government to take stern actions against false pastors who are misleading citizens.
Led by the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Northrift Chairman Sheikh Abubakar Bini and businessman Hassan Kosgei they said such preachers should be arrested and charged.
“We are calling upon the government to form a committee constituting of both Muslim and Christian leaders to investigate and weed out false churches which have been misleading many Christians and taking advantage by exploiting them,” said the Northrift CIPK chairman.
They put the blame on the government for not being cautious when registering churches.
This has been witnessed in Shakahola Kilifi where cult leader Paul Mackenzi was arrested after killing more than 90 innocent people, many of them being schoolchildren.
Bodies of the deceased have been exhumed and taken to Malindi Mortuary. The search for more bodies is still ongoing in the 800-acre land alleged to belong to the cult leader.
Businessman Hassan Kosgei said Some church leaders who pretend to be prophets with the ability to heal have been deceiving their followers to take sick people out of hospitals and take them to churches resulting in many deaths.
Pastor Ezekiel Oduor of the New Life Prayer Centre was arrested, a day after he was questioned about alleged links to televangelist Paul Mackenzi, the starvation cult leader that has led to the death of at least 90 people.
“We are calling upon the Kenyan government to benchmark with the Rwandan President Paul Kagame who closed over 6000 churches and requires all religious leaders to have at least a degree Certificate in Theology for them to be allowed to operate a church,” said Kosgei.
They accused the Media of being used by prophets of doom to mislead Christians which has been observed through Television and Radio stations in Kenya that air misinformation content.
“The Kenyan government through the Media Council Of Kenya should restrict and burn misinformation content broadcasted on TV and radio,” they added.