Anglican Bishop Vows to Continue Accepting Politician's Money

  • Image of Bishop Timothy Gichere (r) and DP Ruto at a past function Daily Nation
  • Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Mt Kenya Central diocese Bishop, Timothy Gichere, on Sunday, at the Murang'a GK prison swore that the church would not turn away any funds donated by politicians.

    He went on to lambast leaders who had recently accused the church of wining and dining with corrupt leaders all in the name of donations.

    “When leaders come to church and contribute money with clean hearts, we can’t decline because we are not in a position to know if the money was attained from corruption, and we are not there to rebuke and label people," he reiterated.

    Bishop Timothy Gichere pictured addressing the media in Murang'a on April 21, 2019.

    The Bishop further stated that the church was not mandated to distinguish between legally and illegally acquired funds and warned leaders to desist from politicising the whole issue.

    “Let the judicial process go on without politicising the war on corruption so that the perpetrators can be arrested and charged,” he asserted.

    While holding the Easter celebrations with inmates at the prison, the Bishop emphasised that the church was unflinching in its support for the war on graft.

    His remarks come barely a day after African Union (AU) envoy, Raila Odinga blasted churches for acting as safe havens which allegedly corrupt leaders use to launder their money.

    “There are some church leaders who are true to their calling while others are not. We need to question the source of the millions of money being taken to churches," Raila remarked.

    Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader- Musalia Mudavadi also made similar remarks back November 25, 2018, where he urged churches to reject contributions from leaders mentioned in graft allegations.

    “The church should be careful with these people masquerading as being wealthy and giving out money that they have stolen from public coffers,” he reiterated.

    ODM Party leader Raila Odinga pictured at a past event