In Summary
  • Many cases of sexual exploitation go unreported for fear of upsetting churches but a sense of betrayal lingers in the minds of victims.
  • A pastor from one of the leading churches told me that they no longer encourage vigils after they discovered that the term was used as euphemism for sexual orgies. 
  • Although a prayer is between an individual and God, these crooked people have decided to create intermediation services for desperate and vulnerable people.
  • The frequency of bad behaviour by men of God now is at the point where some level of regulation is necessary.

Last week, a Nigerian pastor of Jesus Dominion International Church was arrested in Durban, South Africa following an accusation of sexually abusing teenage girls in his church.

The pastor will face several charges, including rape and trafficking of more than 30 girls and women from various parts of South Africa to his house in KwaZulu-Natal for the purpose of sexually exploiting them.

SIMILAR CASES

This is not an isolated case of men of God misbehaving. The number of rogue priests is on the rise.

On September 12, 2018, a pastor in Mwingi West constituency raped a 17-year-old girl and impregnated her. A DNA test ordered by the court shows that the pastor is the father of her unborn child.  He is out on a Sh200,000 bond.

In Kaiti constituency, Makueni County, a pastor raped a woman congregant of his church. The pastor says he was exorcising evil spirits from the woman. The matter was reported at Nzaui Police Station.

In June this year, a priest was arrested for sodomising a 17-year-old teenager who worshiped in his church. The incident took place in Gonda village, Kigumo constituency, Murang'a County. 

Church members had been suspicious of his activities with young men, so much that they kept watch until the incident took place. 

UNREPORTED

Many similar cases of sexual exploitation go unreported for fear of upsetting churches, but a sense of betrayal lingers in the minds of victims.

Most of these sexual exploitation incidents happen at church vigils popularly known as Kesha. 

A pastor from one of the leading churches told me that they no longer encourage vigils after they discovered that the term was used as a euphemism for sexual orgies. 

It is not just sexual escapades that is giving a bad name to religious organisations.  It is no secret that several of the non-traditional churches are out to make money.

Some of these churches have a menu of services they offer for a price. For instance, in some of those churches, a prayer for passing examination costs Sh5,000, getting a job promotion goes for Sh10,000, and business success Sh20,000.

DESPERATION

Although a prayer is between an individual and God, these crooked people have decided to create intermediation services for desperate and vulnerable people.

These people wield enormous amount of power over unsuspecting citizens through indoctrination and causing a heightened sense of guilt.

The frequency of bad behaviour by men of God now is at the point where some level of regulation is necessary.

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