The Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner (CC), Ms Beverly Opwora has declared war against deviant Kavonokia sect members who refuse to send their children to school and oppose seeking medical treatment at hospitals when sick.
Speaking in Tharaka North Sub-county on Thursday where the sect has pitched camp, the CC said the government cannot sit back and allow wayward religious organisations continue to deny children their right to education and medical attention.
“As from tomorrow any parent who fails to send their children to school will become a guest of the state. This unbecoming behaviour has to stop immediately,” averred Ms. Opwora,
She further directed the Tharaka North Deputy County Commissioner to scrutinise the registration certificates of all churches in the sub-county and ensure those found without valid ones are closed down immediately.
The senior administrator also directed her deputy to ensure that Kavonokia members stop their hard stance on education, registration and medication failing which their certificates will be revoked and their operations banned.
“Registration as a religious organisation is no excuse to break the law. All religious organisations are expected to adhere to the rule of law and Kavonokia is not an exception,” said Opwora.
The Kavonokia sect members who hold prayers at Gatiithine in the sub-county have remained adamantly opposed to many government programmes, including the recently concluded national housing and population census and the ‘Huduma Namba’ registration.
By the time the census exercise was being concluded many members of the sect were arraigned in court and jailed for declaring that they would not participate in worldly matters.
By David Mutwiri