Church-run school dogged by dispute over members' ouster
Current troublesSchool chairman Ibrahim Kimondo also faulted the church leadership, saying it was the source of the current troubles. But a splinter group supported the decision by Mbugua and Hiyohu to appoint a new committee. They said the ousted members had completed a three-year term and their tenure had been extended for another three years, which was against church regulations. When The Standard reached Mbugua for comment, he downplayed the matter and insisted that the changes were normal because the committee had overstayed in office. "I am really reluctant to comment on the issue about the school because there is no issue at all. I have nothing more to say," the reverend said before disconnecting the telephone call. Hiyohu refuted the worshippers' claims that he was interfering with management of the school. The chairman said all the decisions made by the church were legal and followed the church doctrine. “The election of the officials was legal and those who oppose it are the ones who do not want to leave the office despite completing their terms,” said Hiyohu. He added: "Some members are attempting to close down the church in a bid to cause drama over issues that could easily be resolved amicably within the confines of the church." But the worshippers and elders opposed to the changes claimed that the pastor and the chairman were using illegal means to throw out the board members. In a letter to the officials that was seen by The Standard, the worshippers want Hiyohu to resign from his post and leave the church for allegedly failing to unite members. “He has divided the church into two warring groups instead of uniting Christians,” reads the letter. Mbugua, on the other hand, is accused of changing the school board without consulting the directors and members. The congregants want the leaders and their associates to steer clear of the school project and its management.
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