Congregants Raise Alarm on Pastor’s Spending, Demand His Resignation

Congregants from PCEA Gatundu protesting on May 26, 2024
Congregants from PCEA Gatundu protesting on May 26, 2024
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A church service at The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA)  in Marima, Gatundu, Kiambu County came to a standstill on Sunday after congregants stormed out and refused to attend the church mass until their demands were met.

The church members who spoke to the press accused the church leadership including the pastor of misappropriating church funds including their weekly offerings.

The church members hoisted placards, chanting and demanding the pastor's resignation. The congregants emphasised that no service shall be conducted until the under-fire pastor stepped down.

Congregants from PCEA Gatundu protesting on Sunday May 26, 2024
Congregants from PCEA Gatundu protesting on Sunday, May 26, 2024
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"No dialogue! No more church service! She must go! She must go!" the congregants chanted.

Members already had a replacement in place to take over the church's leadership to ensure the funds were not embezzled and all misappropriated money was reimbursed.

Besides the pastor's resignation, the members also requested an audit to ensure that all the funds were accounted for.

"We need financial accountability, over-expenditure is sinful. It's stealing," read one of the placards.

This is not the first leadership wrangle reported in the PCEA church. On Wednesday, the High Court asked PCEA top officials to obey court orders over the installation of a new treasurer.

In the lawsuit, the church was accused of going against the court orders on the new leadership.

"I did not willfully or otherwise disobey the court order as at the time the Honourary Treasurer was installed. I was not aware of the existence of the court order or the instant suit," one of the officials stated.

In the past few months, several wrangles have been reported in different parts of the country. In January, church members from a church in Nyeri County wrestled over the leadership.

In November last year, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua mediated and brokered a truce between two warring factions of the African Independent Pentecostal Churches of Africa (AIPCA).

Gachagua Brokers in AIPCA Church After 17 year Wrangles.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Interior PS Raymond Omollo, and AIPCA Bishops at his Karen residence on November 20, 2023
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