Nyeri Court Declines to Hear Case of 3 Anglican Clerics Accused of Homosexuality

  • Nyeri High Court Judge Abigail Mshilla declined to hear a defamation suit involving clerics from the Anglican Church of Kenya referring them to settle it out of court.

    Bishop Joseph Kagunda had accused Reverend Paul Warui, Archdeacon John Gachau and Reverend James Maigua of practising homosexuality

    The three clerics had filed the defamation suit against the Mt Kenya West Bishop after the court exonerated them of the charges.

    The three argued that they had suffered psychological trauma and excommunication from their church as a result of the bishop's allegations.

    The clerics' lawyer, David Onsare, had asked the court to compel Bishop Kagunda to publish a written apology in the local dailies and compensate the three for the damaging accusations.

    A lawyer representing ACK in the suit, Mr Wachira Nderitu, welcomed Justice Mshilla's advise asking for time to select a mediator.

    The mediators recommended and accredited by the court were listed as David Mwaure Waihiga, Lucy Waruguru Mwai, Charles Migwi, Lydiah Wambui Wakahu, Joakim Mulama Oundo and Rose Wanjiku Muturi.

    The three co-accused had been suspended after the Bishop launched the case against them, however, the Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered for them to be reinstated.

    Justice Byram Ongaya further ordered the church to compensate the three a sum of Ksh6.8 Million.

    The defamation suit will be mentioned on November 30 where the lawyers will have to confirm whether they have selected a mediator.