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Govt shuts down Naivasha’s Kanitha wa Ngai church

The County government of Nakuru has halted operations of a sect in Nakuru going by the name Kanitha wa Ngai.

The government arrived at the decision after it emerged that several members of the sect have died after the church leadership, prompted by the church’s doctrines, had refused to take those who had fallen sick to hospital for medication.

For example, a member by the name Ann Njeri blatantly confessed that they’d not be cowed to use medicine for any treatment, claiming that their medicine is in heaven.
“Our medication is in heaven, not on earth,” Ann Njeri arrogantly said.

The visibly emotional Njeri confirmed the death of one of her children who was buried in the Kanitha wa Ngai church compound terming this as normal in their day-to-day life.

“We have been persecuted in the public over our beliefs and we are ready to die protecting them and we shall not be cowed,” she said.

The closure of ‘Kanitha wa Ngai’ (Church of God), follows a resolution of the Naivasha sub-county security team, coming after controversial deaths of four minors recently.

The deaths caused a public outcry with residents questioning the activities of the church which is opposed to modern medicine.

Naivasha Deputy Commissioner Mutua Kisilu said the police are investigating activities of the ‘sect’, which has over 200 members.

Kisilu, who noted that the four suspects would be charged with various offences, said: “Members of the sect do not believe in vaccination of children. We have been forced to close the church and rescue some of the minors and have them vaccinated as they were very sick.”

“The number of members of the sect in the sub-count is rising by the day. Some of the members have been brought up under the controversial doctrines of this church.”

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