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Kenya Bans New Churches in Response to ‘Miracle-Faking Spree’

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Victor Kanyari

This TV expose of Victor Kanyari led to the ban.
Credit: KTN Kenya

by Ruth Moon, Christianity Today

Prompted by news coverage of alleged illegal activity by pastors promising miracles, Kenya’s attorney general has banned new religious organizations from registering as the East African nation moves to enforce stricter regulations on churches, mosques, and temples.

The registration ban will be in place indefinitely, and existing religious organizations must file details of their registration status and financial returns, according to the Daily Nation. Meanwhile, Kenyan attorney general Githu Muigai were scheduled to meet Friday with religious leaders from organizations including the Kenya Episcopal Conference, the National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Hindu Council of Kenya, the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, and the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya to discuss what new regulations might look like, according to First Digital TV.

Mark Kariuki, chairman of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, said in advance of Friday’s meeting that Muigai’s move to stop church registration and regulate churches amounted to persecution, according to Kenya’s Standard.

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