“KCU is a Sectarian Group” – Pastor Beatrice Kamau
Pastor Beatrice Kamau, a Committee member of the Skarpnäck Church and founder of Anna Lindh Nursery School in Kenya, has said that the current crisis facing the newly formed Kenya Christian Union (KCU) is the product of sectarianism practiced by members of the Union.
Speaking to KSB, Pastor Beatrice warned Kenyans in Stockholm against associating themselves with sects posing as Churches and Unions. Without naming names, she said that a key personality associated with KCU is, historically, a known trouble maker.
“A Church is not a political party and you cannot move from church to church like a politician changing political parties in Kenya at every election”, she told KSB. She said that two years ago, she warned about the development of sectarianism among Kenyans calling themselves Christians and that now, real sects have surfaced to try and destroy real churches.
The Pastor clarified that KCU is not part of the New Life Church but part of a sect formed by a group of people from Zaire whose agenda with religion is business. She said that the sect simply prays in the premises of the New Life Church but that it has nothing to do with the Church. Going further in detail, the Pastor told KSB that KCU is built within the “Zairean sect community” and that many Kenyans who have joined the sect do not understand its main agenda.
“One Kenyan involved in the sect has been moving from Church to church causing havoc and it is this member who collaborates with Apostle Karanja to do business in Church”, she told KSB. She said that although the formation of KCU is a good idea, the organization will not succeed because it is trying to push a non religious agenda through the Church.
As responsible Christians, it is important that we stand up and give direction in matters of religion especially when it is clear that confusion has entered the Church of God”, she said.
According to the Pastor, the public displays which Kenyans have been exposed to since the formation of KCU is uncalled for. “Such displays give genuine Kenyan Churches a bad name in the eyes of the public”, she said.
The Pastor said that the crisis in KCU especially on the Apostle Karanja trip was predictable because personalities who are in KCU are known antagonists who have never succeeded in organizing society in any way.
“They are trying to find a foot-hold in the Church but because they do not understand matters of religion, they are using political tactics which do not work in the Church”, she said.
The Pastor’s comments will, most likely, raffle the feathers of KCU’s top apparatchiks at a time when reports say that the new Union has been hit with a series of resignations following fall-outs from the Karanja affair.
Mr. Samuel Muirani, a member of KCU, is known to be at loggerheads with KCU’s Secretary, Mr. Kenneth Wamburi Munge who circulated a joint statement with Committee member Sofia Njoroge to the effect that Apostle’s Karanja’s trip had been cancelled.
This prompted Mr. Muirani to circulate a flyer saying that Karanja’s trip was on schedule. Although Muirani’s rebuttal was the first clue that KCU was in problems, the crisis within the organization appears to have escalated after Madam Sofia told Church leaders at New Life that she was not part of the KCU statement and that her name was simply “dragged into the matter”.
Since problems began at KCU, the vocal Mr. Wamburi has been very quiet, choosing not to respond to Sofia’s position about the controversial KCU’s statement that cancelled Karanja’s trip. Pasture Beatrice’s assertion that KCU is a sect will simply add flavor to a story that was least expected from a new religious organization. For now, observers will have to wait and see.