West Mugirango MP Hon Stephen Mogaka has called for the government to regulate churches in Kenya, citing the mushrooming of cults and sects that are confusing and indoctrinating Kenyans, driving some to uncalled for torture deaths.
Speaking at the Cathedral of Homa Bay Town on Sunday, MP Stephen Mogaka said that many mushrooming churches are after exploiting unsuspecting and religion hungry citizens and stealing from them in the name of God.
“I promise to defend the freedom of worship but also with zero tolerance to conmen and conwomen masquerading as clergy, to exploit gullible unsuspecting innocent seekers of salvation,” he said.
Mogaka’s call comes in the wake of a number of high-profile cases of cult leaders exploiting their followers.
In Kilifi County, over 200 bodies of worshippers have been exhumed from the over 800 acres of Shakahola land owned by the controversial cult leader Paul Mackenzie.
In Tongaren, Dr.John Chikati has disowned the Jesus of Tongaren and termed him as a fraudster after misleading residents to worship him and hand over their properties to him.
Mogaka said that the government needs to take action to protect Kenyans from these unscrupulous individuals.
He suggested that the government could establish a regulatory body to oversee the activities of churches and ensure that they are operating within the law.
“The government needs to step in and regulate these churches before it is too late,” he said. “We cannot allow these conmen and conwomen to continue exploiting our people.”
Mogaka’s call has been echoed by other religious leaders and politicians. Catholic Bishops Conference of Kenya (CBCK) chairman Philip Anyolo has said that the government needs to take action to protect Kenyans from the dangers of cults and sects.
“The government needs to be more proactive in regulating the activities of churches and other religious organizations,” he said. “We cannot allow these groups to operate with impunity and endanger the lives of our people.”