The North Rift region Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) wants the government to regulate all religious organisations to curb the numerous small groupings accused of conning and brainwashing their followers.
The Muslim leaders led by Sheikh Abubakar Bini asked the government to inspect and register all religious organisations to streamline churches and mosques following public outcry that the religious institutions have been turned into profit making organisations.
The leaders said time has come for the government to come in strongly to weed out those who have commercialized churches and mosques by engaging in corruption and other dangerous doctrines.
The leaders spoke at the Huda Muslim School in Eldoret during the recitation of Quran (an event called Hafla) performed before the holy month of Ramadhan. 133 students from over 100 schools in Uasin Gishu County participated in the competitions.
Imams, Pastors, Rabbis and other religious leaders must account for all resources in their churches and mosques.Measures should also be put to ensure no radicalization is taught or preached in the religious organisations.
The leaders also want religious leaders to ensure their pulpits are not used as platforms for political rhetoric.
They also noted that as much as political leaders were welcome to support the church and Mosques develop through harambees such moves should not be politicized.
By Kiptanui Cherono