Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has brokered a truce between warring factions of the African Independent Pentecostal Churches of Africa (AIPCA) that has witnessed rifts in the last 17 years.
The church, whose wrangles escalated into fierce court battles, is set to hold elections on Friday.
''This morning, I have held fruitful consultations with the top leadership of the various factions of the A. I P. C. A Church ahead of their elections on Friday to elect the Spiritual Leader of the church.
"The leaders have committed to a peaceful election and to accept and respect the outcome," the DP stated.
According to Gachagua, the meeting also resolved to end the existing factions which have hampered the church's operations.
''They have committed that the church will be one, and the issue of factions will come to an end on Friday,'' Gachagua detailed in a statement shared on his social media pages.
Earlier in April, the DP pledged to mediate between the warring factions, promising a long-lasting solution to the church.
Gachagua also promised to offer the leaders state jobs as part of the efforts to broker a truce.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta had attempted to intervene between the factions to no avail. The wrangles then involved two factions, one under Archbishop Julius Njoroge Gitau and the other led by Archbishop Fredrick Wang'ombe.
Gachagua and his wife, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, have been staunch defenders of churches since their inauguration in September 2022.
In May this year, he pledged to weed out rogue religious groups interfering with the operation of churches. His remarks were centred around the Shakahola massacre, which claimed the lives of over 200 people. Detectives linked the death to the alleged cultic teachings of controversial preacher Paul Mackenzie.
"The things witnessed in Kilifi are not about the Church but about individuals. The Church of Christ has many enemies because the devil is always at work day and night. They would want to use that small issue to give the Church of Christ a bad name," Gachagua opposed a planned crackdown on religious centres.
"We are saying, let it be about individuals. Those two or three people among 10,000 people hiding in the Church to do the wrong things should be isolated from the Church so that the Church can prosper," he added.
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