Catholic Bishops issue 5 tough orders on donations as DP Ruto splashes millions in churches

Reforms announced at “breaking the chains of corruption” service by Catholic Bishop who declined DP Ruto's luxurious gift

File image of DP William Ruto, John Cardinal Njue (left) during a fundraiser at a Catholic Church

The millions splashed in churches across the country, mainly by a team of politicians allied to DP Ruto has attracted the attention of the Catholic Church in Kenya which has moved in with drastic actions.

In an unprecedented move, the Church has banned all cash donations exceeding Ksh. 50000 in funds drives across the country.

In the move aimed at grounding corrupt individuals cleansing their money in church, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has directed that it would only accept electronic transfer of donation that will leave a clear trail of donors for accountability sake.

“Henceforth, fundraisers in the church will be done by mobile money transfer or by cheque. This will avoid handling of huge amounts of cash and give a clear trail of the donors,” KCCB Chairman Bishop Philip Anyolo stated.

He also announced a total ban politicking in its pulpits across the country.

The move is informed by ugly scenes witnessed in the Church as politicians take it to the pulpit to face off, resulting in chaotic scenes and fist fights in some cases.

KCCB also directed that all churches put in place proper recording of gifts and their givers, providing details of its accounts, institutions, projects and other financial matters to the public for scrutiny.

The reforms were arrived at a special service dubbed “breaking the chains of corruption” held at the Subukia National Shrine in Nakuru County.

Leading from the frontline in the drastic reforms is Bishop Anyolo himself who declined to use a luxurious high-end SUV gifted to him by DP Ruto during his installation in Kisumu.

Bishop Anyolo instead donated the car to other Catholic projects, stating that he is already comfortable with the car he currently uses.

Politicians fight in church, paralyzing service

Most recently, drama ensued at Gatui Catholic Church in Muranga after the bitter rivalry between Jubilee’s team Tangatanga and team Kieleweke resulted in a fight between Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and Maina Kamanda.

Kamanda was among a team of Kieleweke MPs who were attending a fundraiser at the church when Nyoro stormed the event.

The Kiharu legislator disrupted the event leading to a scuffle as he insisted that being the area MP he is the only one with the right to invite leaders to events in his constituency.

The Catholic Church condemned the incident, terming it an unfortunate incident.

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