A leadership wrangle between top management and pastors is rearing its ugly head at Christian Church International. For now, all is not well and the battles look likely to head to the courts.
The management is accused of disregarding church’s constitution. Over 370 pastors from different dioceses, elders and members accused the church general bishop John Kauti Mativo and presiding Bishop Henry Zakayo Mulandi of mismanaging the church by ignoring laid down policies, nepotism, witchhunt and sexual exploitation.
The pastors claim the two bishops have violated the church constitution and allowed the presiding bishop a chance to continue holding office despite his old age.
The church constitution provides that anyone aged over 65 years should not hold office, yet Bishop Mulandi was allowed to vie for a NEC position despite being over 70 years old.
Led by Reverend John Maina, the church leaders claim to be frustrated by the persistent failure of the two leaders to offer leadership and address issues raised by members, elders and ministers. The two are also accused of running the church like their private business.
Mativo and Mulandi are also blamed for splitting Thika diocese without involving respective church leaderships.
The pastors and their faithful now want Mativo whom they say has failed to execute his duties well, to resign with immediate effect.
They also want Bishop Mulandi to step down pending election of a new presiding bishop as per the church constitution.
“Having been elected unconstitutionally and being beyond the retirement age, Bishop Mulandi should step down pending election of a new presiding bishop as per the church constitution,” said Pastor Ayub Wahuga.
They also want Nec members and the board of trustees to represent the face of the entire church and the dissolution of Thika diocese to be reversed and all assets returned immediately