Kalonzo warns government against implementing new religious bodies regulations

Kalonzo warns government against implementing new religious bodies regulations

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CORD Co-Principal and Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has condemned Jubilee Government for imposing tough regulations on religious bodies in the country accusing it of an attempt to curtail the freedoms guaranteed to Kenyans in the constitution.

Through a statement sent from Europe where he is on a private visit, Kalonzo termed the regulation as latest attempts by the Jubilee regime to muscle the freedom of worship and claw back the gains the supreme law has bestowed on Kenyans.

“It is now clear that the Jubilee administration has no regard for the freedom of worship in our country” Kalonzo said.

The Wiper Leader said the proposed religious societies regulations by the Attorney General and the Communications Authority must be rejected in their totality “because they are an affront to the letter and spirit of the constitution”.

Kalonzo reminded the Jubilee administration that the freedom of worship is guaranteed in the supreme law and that it is absolute

“I must remind Jubilee that the Freedom of worship is an absolute freedom as guaranteed by the constitution” added Kalonzo.

He urged all Kenyans of goodwill to rally behind the church and stop the spirited efforts to mutilate the supreme law by the jubilee administration.

“All Kenyans of goodwill should rally behind the Evangelical churches and stop this aggression against the freedom of worship by Jubilee” said Kalonzo.

The Wiper leader left the country early last week to Europe for a private visit and is expected home late this week.

The new rules which are ready for implementation require clerics to submit certificates of good conduct and their theological training certificates .

The Religious Societies Rules published by the Attorney General‘s Office also require that all religious organisations submit their constitution showing statement of their doctrine of faith.

The rules affect imams, pastors, rabbis and other religious leaders.

The regulations demand any religious society in Kenya to have its constitution with programmes, ministries, charitable activities and education activities and details of persons coordinating these activities.

All religious leaders must also make a declaration of familial relations with other religious leaders and officers. In this case, officers include secretary, treasurer, trustees and committee members. They also demand that all pastors in Kenya must hold a theological certificate from an accredited theological institution.

Evangelical churches and muslim leaders across the country have also opposed the new rules declaring never to accept their implementation.

The new rules are set to be gazetted at the end of January and will, however, be operational after a year.

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