Drama as Gatundu PCEA faithful protest transfer of pastor

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 26 May, 2024 18:41 | 2 mins read
Members of PCEA Reverend Samuel Mirima Memorial Church in Gatundu town dance outside the main church.
Members of PCEA Reverend Samuel Mirima Memorial Church in Gatundu town dance outside the main church. PHOTO/Mathew Ndung'u

Drama unfolded at PCEA Reverend Samuel Mirima Memorial Church in Gatundu town on May 26, 2024, after members protested against the church leadership over their pastor's transfer.

Armed with vuvuzelas, whistles, and placards, the adherents accused the church management of undermining them, mismanagement of the house of worship, and corrupt dealings.

At the centre of their fury is the transfer of Reverend Ruth Njambi Gachahi, who has been offering them pastoral services for two years and who has since been moved to Njoro Presbytery in Nakuru County.

The irked believers claimed that the church leadership has been scheming to embezzle their offertories and only conspired to have Njambi transferred when she failed to fellowship with them in the alleged financial indecency.

According to them, transferring Njambi had no justification save for the dealings the local church leadership wanted to cover.

Displeasure

The faithful who arrived at the church early enough, not to attend the Sunday service but to ensure that their displeasure was addressed, ended up fellowshipping outside the main sanctuary, with less than 20 people undertaking a separate service inside the church.

Speaking to journalists, the church members led by Monicah Wanjiru, Joel King'ori, and Stephen Kinyanjui alleged that more than Ksh4 million from the church development and social affairs kitty had been squandered.

“The current leadership of the church has only been telling us to give, offer, and finance projects, but they do not tell us or show members how the money we contribute is spent. We are tired of being taken for a ride, and the time has come for them to be transparent,” Wanjiru stated.

“Dictatorship has been on the rise in this church, and those who try to rise are floored to silence them. The church should not be run as a learning institution. We are all here to seek God, and this exercise should be done peacefully, transparently, and respectfully. We are not protesting to leave the church, we will remain here to clean up the mess for generations to come,” King’ori told journalists.

The members also expressed anger over alleged unilateral decisions by the church leadership while undertaking church projects without consulting them.

In a quick rejoinder, Reverend John Mwenje, the acting pastor in charge, dismissed corruption allegations as a fallacy, saying that the church’s financial statements are yet to be customarily tabled for review by members.

Mwenje at the same time dispelled claims that Njambi was transferred following the influence of the local church leadership and instead cleared that she (Njambi) personally sought to be moved to another presbytery.

“Njambi has been transitioning since March, when she got her transfer letter after she sought to be moved. There is, however, a section of adherents who were not content with the decision, and those are the ones who were protesting today,” said Mwenje.

“It is untruthful to say that money has been lost or squandered. The audit reports were read and agreed upon in February of this year, and no further reports are yet to be made public. There is nothing like chest-thumping in church, and decisions are made by an elected team from the members.”

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