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Women preachers are equally guilty

STUDIES
By | May 18th 2009

By Mwangi Muiruri

Forget about a recent incident where a leading female member of the clergy unveiled an alternative husband like a manifesto right inside her church.

The bone of contention was that, she was legally married and had yet to legally dissolve the marriage before taking another man.

In 2004, a 71-year-old female leader of a sect in Murang’a South District announced publicly that she had got married to a 19-year-old Form Four student.

"I am not a cradle snatcher but only following the dictates of our God," she told the media.

At the same time, the teenager said that no amount of threats, intimidation or raw force could force her abandon the man God had ordered her to marry.

Ms Nyanginda wa Gicharu said her marriage to James Mburu Kamau was a union sealed in heaven.

The provincial administration was to later break up the union though rumours have it that they later re-united secretly.

A strange god

Last year, a 55-year-old woman in Gatundu South shocked villagers when she announced God had commanded her to marry a 23-year-old man.

The boy’s father, James Kimani, laments: "This is a strange god who is commanding mothers to be married by their sons. It is a strange gospel which is promoting a taboo!"

Crazy Monday has established that some female religious leaders are getting cosy with men who are little more than boys in their fold.

"That is normal. Most of these religious women we have starting their own churches have shaky marital foundations. That is where the boys come in," confides a church leader in Nakuru.

Naivasha, home to all manner of religious groups, is said to have an alarming prevalence of sugar mummy relationships coated with religious justifications.

Peter Rono, a social worker, says parts of Central and North Rift have their fair share of ‘blessed’ relationships between grannies and teenagers.

Singer Muigai Njoroge says: "There’s no doubt that Satan has sneaked into the Church and executed a bloodless coup. We are facing the end times."

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