According to the Daily Nation , the government has proposed a raft of tough new measures that could radically change the way religious organisations conduct their business.
The new draft rules published by Attorney-General Githu Muigai are aimed at curbing religious societies that swindle Kenyans, engage in money laundering, promote terrorism or become a public nuisance.
The proposed rules come a year after investigative journalists exposed the dubious activities of Mr Victor Kanyari, a supposed pastor in Nairobi, stirring widespread public outrage and ridicule.
The draft regulations cover the registration process and theological qualifications of religious leaders, introduce umbrella bodies that will promote self-regulation and require a declaration of sources of income.
There is also the requirement to give annual returns and audited accounts.
Religious organisations will also have to disclose if members of the same family are holding any leadership positions in the same outfit. Moreover, they will have to state all their assets and liabilities and any affiliations with foreign religious groups.
There has been criticism of some pastors who stand accused of setting up churches primarily to make money and exploit the poor.
Before the new rules were formulated, churches and other religious institutions were only required to fill forms detailing the names of office-bearers, a postal address and their objectives, among other things.
They additionally needed to provide any theological qualifications of the leaders, without specifying a minimum requirement.
After the Pastor Kanyari expose on KTN in November 2014, which was followed up by extensive media coverage, Prof Muigai called a meeting with all religious organisations with a view to coming up with new rules. Some of the tricks exposed were the staging of phone calls to lure radio listeners to “plant a seed” (give offertory) and fake miracles — including mixing the chemical potassium permanganate with water and claiming it is blood.
A year earlier, NTV’s Dennis Okari exposed rogue pastors targeting their gullible congregations in Seeds of Sin.
Saturday, the AG told the Sunday Nation that two consultative meetings were held between the government and Christians, Muslims and members of other religions.
He announced that the rules will be gazetted by the end of January after religious leaders give their input within the next 14 days.
“Last year was for consultations, 2016 will be the implementation year. There shall be rules in place by the end of the month,” he said.
The Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal Churches and Ministries chairman Bishop Mark Kariuki yesterday expressed shock at the draft rules.
He acknowledged that the AG met religious leaders last year and promised to set up a committee made up of representatives from the AG’s office and religious leaders.
“The AG said the committee would have been set up within two months. The committee was to come up with the rules but this never happened. These rules are a big shock to us. I will need to do more consultations before I respond comprehensively,” said Bishop Kariuki.
All religious societies and religious umbrella bodies are required to comply with the new rules within one year from the day they come into force. The AG said Kenyans had expressed their wishes for regulations and the government had responded.
“Every freedom is subject to the rights of others and the responsibilities of those who enjoy them. There is consensus we cannot continue to have a situation where there isn’t a minimum responsibility on the part of religious institutions to ensure that the freedom of worship is exercised within responsible parameters that don’t infringe on rights of others,” he said.
Prof Muigai added: “These rules are intended to ensure all churches and all religious groups are treated in the same manner so that there can never be any group that may say ‘these rules are good for another group but not good for us.’ They are intended for all.”
He argued that lawyers, accountants, engineers, journalists, all have a framework where they are regulated and therefore religious institutions are no exception.
But the religious leaders then rejected formulation of new rules calling it persecution of the church. Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal Churches and Ministries was opposed to any move to regulate the churches.
Under the rules, all religious societies, those under recognised religions like Christianity, Islam, Hindu among others, will have to abide.
About 80 per cent of Kenyans self-identify as Christians and there is no doubt churches will be hardest hit by these guidelines.
A source at the AG’s office told the Sunday Nation that there are about 20,000 registered churches.
One contentious issue that will spark outrage from the small churches is a requirement that the leader of a church should produce a certified copy of the theological certificate from a duly registered and accredited institution.
Most churches especially, one-man shows, whose only claim to mastery of the Bible is divine intervention, do not emphasise on formal studies for their pastors.
This clause is bound to elicit rejection from the small evangelical churches that may find it hard to comply. Mainstream churches may welcome this provision as most of their clergy have the qualifications.
When registering officials, the religious societies will also be required to provide a copy of national identification card, personal identification card issued by Kenya Revenue Authority and a passport photograph.
They will also be required to provide a tax clearance or exemption certificate where applicable.
The government is also targeting clear information on property owned by religious organisations, which will greatly affect churches where property appears to be in the hands of the founders.
A religious organisation will also be required to display the certificate of registration.
“A religious society which fails to display the certificate of registration as required under paragraph (1) and each officer of the religious society who is in default, commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Sh10,000 and each officer shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or both,” read the guidelines.
The rules also empower the Registrar of Societies to inspect any religious society at any time.
Churches with headquarters outside Kenya will have to declare so and at least a third of their officials must be Kenyan.
The small churches, who have been operating individually, will now be compelled to belong to an umbrella religious society.
The rules stipulate that the minimum number of members an umbrella body will have will be 2,500.
“Each religious society shall be a member of an umbrella religious society,” read the rules.
There is, however, a provision of a registration of an umbrella body on an interim basis.
“A religious society which fails to register as a member of an umbrella body and each officer of the religious society who is in default, commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Sh20,000 and each officer shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both,” stipulate the rules.
Just like in the matatu industry where Saccos are encouraged to make their own rules, the umbrella body is also expected to formulate rules that will help members to self-regulate.
The code of conduct is expected to include provisions for reviewing doctrines and religious teachings of its members.
The umbrella body will be expected to create interfaith cooperation and provide a platform for consultation and dialogue between the government and religious societies.
It will also be mandatory for every religious institution to keep a register of all its members, which should be updated every year.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
“A religious society which fails to register the members of the religious society under this rule and each officer who is in default, commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Sh10,000 and each officer shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both,” read the draft rules.
The religious societies will also be required to submit minutes of their annual general meetings to the Registrar. Every year, a religious society will be expected to file, alongside annual returns, a declaration of all assets and liabilities.
They will also give a detailed account on any charitable, educational and other commercial, educational and other commercial activities carried out by the religious society, which shall be authenticated by two-thirds of the members.
In a move likely to curb money laundering and terrorism funding, religious societies will also be filing bank statements of all accounts they operate.
Moreover, they will be expected to reveal all sources of funding.
“A religious society which submits fraudulent or falsified documents for registration under the rules … and each officer of the religious society who is in default commits an offence,” state the rules.
Prophecy Alert: Strange Beings Coming to Earth as a Sign of End Times
Very strange creatures will appear on earth, no one will know where they would be coming from. I am not talking about Holy Angels. Very very strange creatures are going to appear on earth. I don’t know, maybe you can call them aliens, I am not a scientist myself. Very strange creatures are going to appear physically on earth
“Very strange creatures will appear on earth, no one will know where they would be coming from. I am not talking about Holy Angels. Very very strange creatures are going to appear on earth. I don’t know, maybe you can call them aliens, I am not a scientist myself. Very strange creatures are going to appear physically on earth. I am not talking about something which will be appearing to a person saying they are seeing a lion, I am taking about real physical creatures , they will appear on earth . That is a fourth sign which I didn’t speak then. I spoke about it when we were in Pumula, you remember? Yes, when we were in Pumula” Says Pastor Ian Ndlovu of Divine Kingdom Baptist Ministries , in Zimbabwe
He continued, ” These creatures won’t be good creatures. They will appear on earth , for a short season. God will allow them to appear for a short season. These strange creatures will perpetrate violence which we have never seen in your entire life. It will be better if you don’t exist when those creatures appear, because if you are existing when they appear. Some of them will be appearing like animals , well I have seen these things in a vision. Some will be appearing like things which are able to fly ….” Watch the video for the full exposition of this strange creatures
We can relate this prophecy to what John saw in a vision while on the Island on Patmos, in the Book of Revelation 9: 1-12
“The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).
The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come”
Pastor Prophesied Locust Invasion in Africa in March 2019
Locusts, they are insects , a cloud of locusts which will be everywhere, locusts which you cannot control. Even if you like locusts, I think people will be discouraged from eating those locusts. Because by the time they arrive here , they will definitely spread. They will come from other countries
“There is a revelation which God has been giving me, I thought it is a symbolic spiritual meaning, but I didn’t get any interpretation, so I will speak the thing which I have been seeing as it is.” Pastor Ian Ndlovu of Divine Kingdom Baptist Ministries noted in video published on YouTube on March 27,2019
He continues, ” The Holy Spirit says its a sign, a sign of what? I dont know”
” I have been seeing when I am praying a cloud of locusts, you know locusts?” He poses to the congregation in his Zimbabwean Church
” Locusts, they are insects , a cloud of locusts which will be everywhere, locusts which you cannot control. Even if you like locusts, I think people will be discouraged from eating those locusts. Because by the time they arrive here , they will definitely spread. They will come from other countries “
He asserts, that ” there are locusts which are coming , say ‘ alot of locusts’, I know when you speak things like this, people will think you are crazy sometimes, Hallelujah”
“Locusts which can cause the sun to be dark”
And true to his prophecy, swams of locusts invaded Kenya from Ethiopia/Somali lands in January 2020, approximately 10 months after he prophesied. Todate, more than 9 counties in the republic of Kenya have been invaded by millions of locusts, the worst in 70 years of history. They have been moving in swams of nearly 80 million each, traveling distances of up to 150km per day.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO:
” The current situation remains extremely alarming in three main areas”
- Horn of Africa ( includes Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia)
- Both sides of the Red Sea (Sudan/Egypt border, Sudan/ Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Indo- Pakistan areas)
- Southwest Asia, in the southern coast of Iran
Before we published this prophecy on GLOFIRE, we did indeed establish that the prophecy was published on YouTube on March 27, 2019 , something which cannot be edited in any way. You can also see comments on the video dating as far back as March 2019.
Watch the VOA report on Locusts Invasion in Kenya
Funeral Home Denies Involvement in Alpha Lukau’s Resurrection Stunt
Alleluia Ministries International (AMI) leader, Alpha Lukau resurrection stunt on Sunday February 24, 2019, suffered a major setback after Kings and Queens Real Funerals, which transported the ‘ body’ of one Eliot, denied his death.
According to the Livestream shared on Facebook and and Twitter by Apha Lukau, Eliot had died on Friday and was brought to Alleluia Ministries by family and relatives which included his ‘mother’ and ‘ wife’. The ‘ dead’ man mouth is wide open and breathing at the time of opening the coffin, after being offloaded from the Kings and Queens Real Funeral’s van.
Alpha calls out his name, and holds him by the waist and Eliot seems to ‘rise’ from the coffin in a typical Lazarus fashion with his mouth wide open and noticeably twitching. In the ensuing moments, the church breaks in song and dance in ‘celebration’
In a quick rejoinder, Kings and Queens Real Funeral issued a statement denying involvement in the entire fiasco. Here is the statement published online
As kings and Queens Funeral Services, we would like to distance ourselves from the supposed resurrection of a deceased man by Hallelujah Ministries who allegedly was at our mortuary. As a funeral services provider, we offer
1. Funeral Services
2. Funeral Cover
We were approached by alleged family members of the deceased who informed us they had encountered a dispute with a different funeral service provider and would like to use our transport services which we offered them.
We did not supply the coffin neither did we store the deceased at our mortuary and no paper work was processed by Kings and Queens Funerals. As a Funeral Services Provider we do not offer services without documentation neither do we repatriate bodies without any paper work.
We are in the process of taking legal action for this malicious damage to our image.
To all our beloved clients and prospective clients, thank you for the continued support during this confusing time. We continue to strive for excellence as your preferred funeral services provider that offers a service that give you honour, dignity and comfort.
The man enjoyed a hearty meal after his return from the ‘ dead’
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