The Anglican Church on Thursday agreed to reinstate three priests who were suspended on allegations of engaging in homosexuality.

This is after Mt Kenya West Diocese Bishop Joseph Mwangi Kagunda missed jail by a whisker when a judge lifted an order committing him to prison for contempt of court.

Justice Nzioki Makau, of the Labour Court in Nyeri, had committed the cleric to jail for disobeying the court’s directive to reinstate the three priests.

“There has been no compliance and no reasons issued. You are committed to jail,” the judge told the Bishop, who was dressed in his spiritual vestments, in a courtroom full of clergies and church members.

The order was lifted after the Bishop said the matters surrounding the case are issues of the church and that he was the wrong person in the dock.

He appeared in court after a warrant of arrest was issued by the court for disregarding orders to compensate, reinstate and deploy Reverend Paul Warui, Archdeacon John Gachau and Reverend James Maigua to ministerial duties.

The court order addressed to the Bishop is dated October 30, 2016 and was issued by Justice Byram Ongaya.

The judge also directed the church to compensate the priests Sh6.8 million after finding the suspension was illegal and the homosexual claims were untrue.

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