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Embu pastors defend colleague who was busted with man’s wife

Pastors from Pentecostal churches in Embu have defended a colleague who was reportedly found in a compromising position with a businessman’s wife last week.

The incident had sparked protests in which a 16-year old schoolboy was shot dead.

The members of Assemblies of Pentecostal Churches and Ministries rushed to the defence of the Victory Manifestation Christian Centre cleric, saying they had investigated the matter and found that he had committed no sin.

WAYWARD PASTORS

Addressing the press at Grand Venas hotel, Embu town, the about 20 clergymen said they took the allegations seriously, had probed the cleric and found him to have not sinned.

Led by group chairman Reverend Mike Ngari, the clergymen said all manner of allegations are being leveled against them in a bid to discredit them.

Police restrain an angry mob that was baying for the Pastor's blood. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO
Police restrain an angry mob that was baying for the Pastor’s blood. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO

Rev Ngari said pastors were not as randy as some people portrayed them, saying the tag hurts their standing.

“If one of our own has erred, we will discipline him and protect those who are being accused wrongly. We have noted that Satan is on the prowl, soiling the names of pastors.

SOMEONE’S WIFE

“When we investigated the matter, we established that the pastor was not in the company of someone’s wife as its being alleged,” said Rev Ngari.

Lobby treasurer Abram Njue urged members of public to stop engaging in lynching of suspects without any evidence.

“We have probed this matter by questioning people living near his church and area chief. We urge people to stop lynching suspects without any evidence. We don’t want to see people attacked due to incitement,” said Rev Njue.

The accused pastor said he would sue the man who accused him of being with his wife.

He said he had recorded a statement with police and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

DIFFERENCES

The clergyman insisted that he had just taken his vehicle for repairs and acknowledged that he had differences with the businessman who mobilized residents to attack him.

“He attacked me and started yelling that I produce his wife. I told him to search the car and he didn’t find her. He had a gang that attacked me. I narrowly survived since they were pelting me with stones. I’ve known the man for long since he used to be a member of my church,” he said.