By Muthoni Gitau
A suspected drug addict on Sunday disrupted a church service at Makuyu township in Murang’a County with the faithful claiming he wanted to stab their pastor.
The suspect, congregants said, seemed to have been angered by the pastor’s spirited campaign against drug abuse and alcoholism among the youth.
Speaking to the press after the incident, the pastor of Jesus Kingdom Embassy Church, Joseph Barasa, said that the man arrived while the service was underway at 11 am posing as a worshipper.
“He entered the church posing like a worshipper but he had a different mission of attacking him,” said Barasa.
One of the church’s congregants, James Musyoki, said that they noticed that the man seemed unsettled and on a closer look saw the knife he was hiding underneath his clothing.
They were already suspicious of the man since he had been seen pelting the church with stones earlier in the week during morning prayer sessions, Musyoki said.
Another faithful, Alice Muthoni Kang’ethe, said the false worshipper sat behind her in the church and pretended to be drunk.
When the worshippers saw the knife he was wielding, they immediately seized him and took him to Makuyu Police Station where he was detained.
Muslim faithful at Makuyu have also taken note of the man’s odd behaviour.
Khadijja Wanjira, who attends the mosque situated just a few metres from the church, said the suspect caused quite a stir earlier when he conducted prayers in an “abnormal” manner.
Now the congregants are calling on the police to guard places of worship.