By Johnson Chengo
The Methodist church of Kenya coast region conference, now wants the Commission of Inquiry formed by President William Ruto to probe the Shakahola tragedy to fast-track its investigation so that justice can prevail.
This come barely a few days after Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance party leader Raila Odinga threatened to move to court to challenge the President’s decision adding that it’s unconstitutional.
Addressing journalists at the church premises in Kilifi Town, Methodist Church of Kenya Coast region presiding Bishop Charles Makonde said that the government has all the machinery it needs to reach places where ordinary people can not and obtain the necessary information.
“The government must use all means including drone surveillance to make sure operation at Shakahola goes well because we know that it has all the machinery,” he said.
The clerics also condemned the criminal massive deaths at Shakahola forest.
Makonde said that MCK is against the indoctrinating teaching of Good News international church led by Paul Makenzie.
He adds that Makenzie’s teaching is contrary to the bible scriptures.
“We don’t even want to call him a pastor. What we have been observing, we are seeing him as a murderer. How can tell your followers to fast themselves to death,” Makonde questioned.
Kilifi MCK Bishop Gambo Matano praised the government for coming up with the Commission of Inquiry but insisted that the commission should give out its final report for recommendations to be implemented.
He said the government has been forming a commission but non of them have made their report out to the public.
“We are appealing to the commission that was formed to be accountable. We have had some scenarios where commissions are formed but their reports end in their wardrobe, we don’t have a repeat of this. The Shakahola issue is now in the public domain,” he said.
Rachel Mwarabu said the Shakahola horror is an isolated case and should not lead to the condemnation of the whole Churches.
She said a lot of voices have been raised against the churches because of Shakahola.
“There are laws in this country that can be used to enforced to take action against Makenzi and any other person that may use religion to advance their heinous activities,” she said