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Government plan to regulate churches draws mixed reaction

Aug 24, 2022 08:01:09 AM

Plans by the government to regulate churches has been condemned by the Wiper Democratic Movement,leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

According to Kalonzo, regulating churches would amount to violation of human rights and is against the 2010

Constitution.

Both top presidential contenders, William Ruto of United Democratic Alliance (UDAs) and Raila Odinga of

Azimio-One Kenya to the August elections have taken positions vowing to defend religious freedoms.

In a press statement issued in July 2022 by the Societies Registrar, Maria Nyariki, said that those seeking to form a church will among others produce verified academic credentials from a recognised learning institution in the country or

abroad and is accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE).

“In regard to the registration of religious societies, documents to be submitted for registration include a certified copy of

a Certificate, a Diploma or a Degree in Theology from a recognized theological institution from at least one

officer of the society,” Nyariki stated.

Other requirements are that founding members must also present personal documentation such as their identity cards, KRA pin, passport photographs and contact addresses.

Additionally, a sworn affidavit by each officer indicating that they are registered members or officers of other religious

societies and the names of such societies must also be produced.

Further, the founders of new churches should also produce an introduction or recommendation letter from a registered religious society in good standing signed by any two officers of such a society.

“A tax compliance or exemption certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) from each officer of the society, pursuant to Section 23 of the Societies Act, must be produced and demonstrate compliance to the country’s revenue

collection policy. A valid certificate of good conduct should accompany the above,” she said.

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