Pastor asks court to stop new church constitution

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Quarrels have rocked the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) church over proposed changes to the constitution.

A pastor has moved to court to stop a conference of delegates scheduled for Monday to ratify the new constitution, which changes the leadership structure.

Reverend David Njiru Kamau, an associate pastor who leads the Kahawa West branch, says the draft constitution, passed in November last year, was illegal because it was pushed by a few clergy without consulting members of the church.

“Church leaders lied to us that they were only looking to amend six clauses of the constitution, but we realized they had amended 45 clauses to change the church’s doctrines and church structure. direction,” says Kamau.

He sued Chief Superintendent Philip Kitoto Sabwa, Corporate Secretary Reverend Charles Owuor, Treasurer General Reverend Stephen Kuria Kiarie and Registrar of Companies.

Through attorney John Kimathi, the pastor wants the clerk to stop approving the constitution.

Kamau accuses the clerk of allowing church leadership to change the constitution after several church members and some of the clergy raised objections.

“On November 5, 2021, the Registrar of Companies, in complete violation of the law, rendered a biased, irrational, improper and unjust decision to ratify the amendments to the church constitution despite the objections raised,” he argues.

Kimathi says the church’s senior leadership has scheduled a special general meeting based on the amended constitution, which would result in key resolutions on the leadership and management of the church against the wishes of some of its members.

He notes that the dispute began when Kitoto instituted a committee to review their constitution by visiting pastors and other church leaders across the country to gather their views.

“The process was flawed from the start because the church leader did not seek consent from other pastors and the committee did not include all stakeholders,” he says.

After some pastors and regional church leaders raised concerns, he argues, the general superintendent promised to change just six sections of the constitution, for which they were asked to give their input.

Kimathi told the court that despite the assurance, Kitoto and the committee introduced several amendments on the sly, which were not part of the proposals agreed by the Special General Council and the National Executive Committee.

“The process of passing the constitutional amendment without complying with the required policies and without giving church members the opportunity to participate in the process was irrational, illegal and done in bad faith,” Kimathi says.

He added that the decision of the society registrar to accept and approve the new constitution sets a bad precedent in the management of church affairs and risks disenfranchisement of several church members if the special general meeting was to take place.

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