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From “The Daily Nation”

Following accusations that corrupt leaders were turning churches into avenues of laundering money obtained illegally from public coffers, The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya has vowed to continue accepting money from politicians. Bishop Kepha Omae, presiding Bishop of Redeemed Gospel Church, said churches should not be blamed in any way when they accept politicians’ contributions, saying they do not have mechanisms to determine the source of wealth.

He added, “We have no right to ask you where you get your money. Let us not politicise the issue as politicians have helped build many churches in the country.”

At the same time, Bishop Omae urged the government to stay away from spiritual matters.

On Tuesday, Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit, of the Anglican Church of Kenya, said the church should “learn to worship God with its resources, quietly”. He said the Anglican Church will also rethink the matter of letting politicians hold fundraisers in sanctuaries.

Archbishop Sapit’s remarks came hot in the heels of a bishop from the church slamming leaders who have been castigating churches for accepting donations from politicians. Bishop Timothy Gichere of the ACK Mt Kenya Central Diocese said they would continue receiving the money until the courts declared the politicians corrupt.

“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 is from corruption,” he said at the Murang’a GK Prison.

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