A Sunday service at AIC Chebitet local church in Bureti was disrupted when worshippers went for each other’s throats after the Bishop Silas Yego led AIC Kenya was finally recognized as the legitimate group to lead the church.
Worship and prayer service was cut short after a court order declaring the legitimacy of AIC Kenya group was read to the faithful by the church secretary Mr. Wesley Cheruiyot.
Fighting immediately broke out when the chairman of Bishop David Mbuvi led group Mr. David Rotich interjected and went for Cheruiyot’s neck thus cutting short the reading of the statement to the bewilderment of the faithful.
Rotich is said to have torn down Cheruiyot’s clothes as they wrestled on the church’s floor.
It was then that hell broke loose as the ‘holy’ people exchanged kicks and blows bringing the church business to a halt.
Administration police officers from Kapkatet Chief’s camp were called in to quell the fight and separate the two splinter groups.
Litein AIC district Church Council Chairman Rev Jonathan Rotich who was having a prayer meeting at Litein high school confirmed the incident.
A church member who is privy to the acrimony in the church told the press that offerings were usually collected separately for those led by Yego and Mbuvi.
Police at Litein confirmed the incident saying the two church leaders later went to the station to record statements on the ugly incident.
By Dominic Cheres