Thursday, June 20, 2024

Kenya: President William Ruto Has Apologised to Kenya Over the Shakohola Massacre

Nairobi — In the country which is shocked by the massacre in the Shakahola forest (see Fides, 3/5/2023), requests are multiplying to regulate not so much freedom of worship as the compliance with the laws of those who lead religious communities.

In a meeting between representatives of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK, which brings together the majority of Kenya’s Protestant communities), the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) in the North Rift region, state institutions were asked for greater controls on religious teachers in schools and decisive action against preachers who violate human rights.

“one should have legislation to regulate how one practices their faith… because some of the ways some practice their religion is against human rights and laws of land because there is killing, human sacrifice or organ harvesting”, stated Reverend Joseph Barasa from NCCK. “We proposed that only those religious leaders who have attended a theological school should be allowed to teach or preach. Before a ‘religious leader’ is allowed to teach from a pulpit, he must prove that he understands what he is teaching”, said Rev. Barasa .

There is also the need to control who goes to preach in schools because there have been cases of “misleading teachings” that put an entire generation of students at risk.

Participants at the conference point out how unscrupulous ‘preachers’ take advantage of the country’s economic difficulties to lure their followers with promises of false gains from the cult practices they promote.