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Ida Odinga Swallows Her Words On Regulating Churches

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Ida Odinga has been forced to withdraw her statement that she issued on Saturday, January 29 on regulating churches, following an uproar by a section of Kenyans.

In a statement on Monday, Ida said that her sentiments on training of preachers was blown out of context by the media reports circulating online.

Ida had urged the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) to shut down mushrooming churches that are run by untrained theologians.

“I wish to this morning withdraw the statement I made to NCCK on Saturday 29th to regulate the churches under them in order to promote consistency and relevance in messaging for promotion of evangelism in Kenya. I reiterate that training only makes the service of preaching better and promotes the ministration of the word of God,” she said.

“As a committed believer in Jesus Christ, I understand that preaching is a calling and anyone can be touched to administer the word of God. This is a fact I have appreciated for a long time and I have sat and listened to many preachers eloquently and diligently deliver life changing sermons.  I remain dedicated to promoting the growth of the church space for a better society in Kenya.”

It is said that Kenya is over 85 percent Christian with over 4,000 registered churches.

Under the societies act in Kenya, all the religious-based organizations and ministries need to be registered. All the religion based organization or churches have to go through security vetting process on prior to registration.

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Editor and writer, Francis Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He holds a BSc in Communication and Journalism from Moi University and has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service. Email:[email protected]
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