In Summary
  • Opposition leader Raila Odinga had hit out at corrupt leaders for turning churches into avenues of laundering money obtained illegally from public coffers.

  • Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also cautioned clerics against accepting money suspected to be proceeds of corruption.

A section of evangelical preachers have vowed to continue accepting money from politicians.

Under the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, the group said it is unfortunate that the matter has been politicised yet politicians have played a huge role in the development of many churches across the country.

Bishop Kepha Omae, presiding Bishop of Redeemed Gospel Church, said churches should not be blamed in any way when they accept politicians’ contributions, saying they do not have mechanisms to determine the source of wealth.

MONEY LAUNDERING

The bishop added that politicians should be allowed to continue supporting churches through fundraisers like other members of the public.

“We have no right to ask you where you get your money. Let us not politicise the issue as politicians have helped build many churches in the country. Do we ask our congregants where they have got their money from when they pay tithes and even give offerings?” posed Bishop Omae.

He was speaking at Redeemed Gospel Church in Huruma, Nairobi, at the weekend.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga had hit out at corrupt leaders for turning churches into avenues of laundering money obtained illegally from public coffers.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also cautioned clerics against accepting money suspected to be proceeds of corruption, claiming some politicians could be using the church to 'sanitise' the money they could have stolen from public coffers.

On Tuesday, Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit, of the Anglican Church of Kenya, said the church should “learn to worship God with its resources, quietly”.

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