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Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:14 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Redeemed Gospel Church archbishop Arthur Kitonga has asked Kenyans to respect leaders who have been placed in positions of authority. The Bishop described as worrying the trend by some politicians who have been displaying open contempt for those in higher authority, saying it goes against God’s teachings.
The cleric appeared to draw reference from the recent incident at Parliament where a section of opposition MPs hurled unprintable insults to President Uhuru Kenyatta. “It is very wrong when people abuse the head of State even to the extent of calling him stupid,” said Kitonga. The bishop spoke at Mbusyani Redeemed Gospel Church in Kangundo constituency where he joined hundreds of faithful in marking the church’s 30th anniversary.
Bishop Kitonga noted that the freedom of expression enshrined in the constitution did not extend to the right of anyone to insult the institution of the presidency. He called on religious leaders across all denominations to pray for the peace and unity of Kenyans, and seek God’s divine intervention for a peaceful general election. “There is no Phrophet Jeremiah or Moses here, but you are the prophets of our times called by God for a reason to stand on the gap as true representatives of God in this great nation,” said the Bishop.
The church’s pastor-in-charge, Reverend Gideon Nzioki revealed the branch was opened in 1986 by the late apostle Stephen Ndolo at a small hall in the local shopping center. "This 30th anniversary marks a very important part of our ministry because even the bible teaches us that Jesus Christ himself begun his ministry at the age of 30 years,” he said.
Also in attendance was the secretary general of RGC Dr Stephen Kanyia among other senior officials of the church.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.