High Priest Shamalla’s body was not taken to the morgue in line with church’s doctrines – family says

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 29 Oct, 2021 10:36 | < 1 min read
High Priest Shem Shamalla of the African Church of the Holy Spirit. PHOTO/COURTESY

The family of the late Shem Shamalla, the High Priest of the African Church of the Holy Spirit have opted to preserve the body of the deceased at his home in Malava to observe the church's doctrines.

Led by his brother Maxwell Shamalla, the family says that they have decided to apply the traditional way of preserving bodies that entail use of ice cubes ahead of Saturday, the burial day.

"The High Priest was not taken to the mortuary because the church which he led doesn't allow that. He has been preserved at home awaiting burial on Saturday," Maxwel told K24 Digital.

The family also hinted at a possibility of the Deputy President William Ruto attending the funeral event.

"The Deputy President is expected to witness Shem's burial," a family member revealed.

The church's history dates from 1927 with Solomon Ahindikha being the first High Priest in 1932.

Ayub Muvuru took over from Solomon in 1952, and led the church till 1982 when Peter Tsimonjelo took over.

Shamala was appointed by church members to succeed Ezekiel Shitsimi in 2014.