Archbishop Kitonga says his church will not reject ‘politicians’ cash’

Archbishop Arthur Kitonga ordains priests for the church/File Photo

By Our Reporter

Redeemed Gospel Church Family on Friday said it will not reject money from politicians saying government institutions fighting corruption should nab those implicated in the vice.

Archbishop Dr Arthur Kitonga, founder of the Redeemed Gospel Church laughed off talk that the money being donated in church was from corrupt deeds wondering which graft czar had established that to be true.

“Redeemed Gospel Church under the Pentecostal Alliance is urging politicians to keep off the the place of worship from politics, but we will not reject the cash donations from them.

“We only urge Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and any other institution fighting corruption not to rest and ensure the culprits are prosecuted”, said the Archbishop.

He was briefing the press flanked by the Apostolic Council, Governing Council and delegates attending the International Power Conference held at the Church’s headquarters in Huruma Nairobi.

He spoke as churches are on the horns of a dilemma over huge cash donations and hefty gifts from ‘benevolent’ guests amid growing pressure to ban harambees from the God’s houses. 

A section of the political class has warned that the church is the biggest hurdle in the anti-graft war, as it continues to accept millions of shillings from people suspected to be engaging in corruption-related activities.

The church finds itself in a catch-22 situation. The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) said Christians, including politicians, “are expected to worship God with their resources quietly as the Bible teaches”.Bishop Kepha Omae, the presiding bishop of Redeemed Gospel Church who accompanied Archbishop Kitonga among other church leaders acknowledged peace in the country since President Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga agreed to work together during the famous March 9, 2018 ‘handshake’.

He said the war on graft being spearheaded by the two should be supported stating that the government should adequately fund DPP, EACC among other agencies fighting corruption.

On attempt by the government to regulate Pentecostal charismatic churches, Bishop Kepha said “Any attempt to do so would lead to utter failure. We strongly advise the government to act on individual errant ministers of the church by allowing the law to take its cause. Self-regulation of the churches is the way to go”.


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