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Catholic Churches in Kenya to only accept donations via mobile money, cheques.


By Muyela Roberto

The Catholic Church in Kenya has announced that it has embarked on a raft of measures aimed at cushioning the institution from being used as conduit of graft.

Speaking on Saturday, October 5 at the Subukia Shrine in Nakuru County during the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Catholic Bishops said among precautionary actions to shield the church from corruption was shifting to cashless donations.

The KCCB Chairman Philip Onyolo said the new measure will help tame the habit where individuals with questionable money resort to depositing it in church with the aim of sanitising it.

    “Contributions to fundraisers in our churches will be done by mobile money transfer or       preferably by checks,”stated Onyolo.
The religious took vows where they pledged to tacked the dragon of corruption head on. Photo: Kenya Catholic Media Network Source: Facebook

Gifts given to religious leaders, Onyolo said, will be documented with both the donor and the receiver being required to produce issuance and acknowledgement letters respectively.

“We shall keep records of any gifts to religious leaders exceeding KSh 50,000. All gifts should be accompanied by a letter or acknowledged by a letter,” he added.

The church has for long been criticised for receiving donations from people with questionable integrity. Photo: Kenya Catholic Media Network Source: Facebook

The church’s announcement comes at a time when religious organisations are being blamed for providing avenues where politicians cleanse graft proceeds in the name of tithes and offerings.

It also comes when the church is on the receiving end for providing a platform where politicians advance their political aspersions.

The Bishops also announced that the church had banned political addresses with church premises and during worship sessions.

This comes weeks after a worship session at a Murang’a Church was disrupted when nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro publicly clashed. “Political speeches shall not be allowed at all during liturgical celebrations. Such will be held outside the premise and with a lot of decorum,” directed Onyolo.

In Parliament, Suba South MP John Mbadi has proposed a bill that aims to cap politicians’ donations at KSh 100,000. The proposal has been seen as one targeting Deputy President William Ruto who is know for his generous donations almost every Sunday during prayers services. Among those who have pocked hole’s in Ruto’s donations are ODM leader Raila Odinga and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi who have challenged the DP to disclose the source of his money.

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