President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on school administrators to stop discriminating against students on the basis of their religious beliefs, saying Kenya’s 2010 Constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
Speaking at the Moi International Sports Complex in Kasarani on Sunday during celebrations marking 100 years of Akurinu Church, the president urged school principals to respect the religious beliefs, norms and traditions of all students.
“If you look at all religions, they observe certain beliefs, norms and traditions. For example, our Muslim brothers and sisters have particular clothes, which reflect their beliefs. The same goes for Sikhs.
“I want to urge school principals who discriminate against our Akurinu brothers and sisters because of wearing their turbans at school to end this habit. It is not justified. There is no no law that says a person is not allowed to identify themselves in school, hospital and office according to their religion.
President Kenyatta said students should be allowed to express their religious beliefs to build their trust in God.
“Everyone has their rights guaranteed in our constitution and they must be protected. Everyone has a right and we want to protect that right so that our children can grow up as confident people who understand that their faith is their right,” the president said.
He praised Akurinu Church for being at the forefront of spreading the gospel, noting that since its inception in 1922, the church has grown its membership to 1.5 million.
“We are here to thank God for guiding us and bringing us to a place where we are celebrating 100 years of his work. Akurinu Church was founded by one of us, a Kenyan who managed to spread the gospel and we now have 1.5 million members. It has not been an easy journey. It has been difficult, but by the grace of God, we have been able to be where we are now.” he declared.
The President further applauded the leadership of the church in promoting education and spearheading various development activities that are integral to the socio-economic growth of the country.
“You have a generation that not only preaches the gospel but also has different professions in various fields of human development. Some are doctors, engineers, civil servants, police officers and lawyers, among others.
“As we celebrate 100 years, we say thank you to God. Thank you to everyone who has started this journey and we pray that just as the Bible was handed over by an elder who recently celebrated 100 years of birth to a young one, we hope this gospel will continue for another 100 years,” said President Kenyatta. said.
During the ceremony, President Kenyatta announced the appointment of various Akurinu Church leaders to public institutions, including David Kiarie Mburu as Chairman of the Kenya Tea Development Authority.
Others were General Secretary of the Church of Akurinu Ibrahim Jeremiah Macharia who was appointed board member of the Postal Corporation of Kenya, Samuel Thiong’o as Chairman of the National Collection Authority and water storage and Eunice Njeri Njau as a board member of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).
Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga commended the Church of Akurinu for championing the liberation of Kenya from the yoke of colonial masters, noting that their foresight in integrating Christianity into African culture has allowed the country to witness progress while retaining its heritage. .
“The Akurinu started as a group of freedom fighters for our independence. They started by saying that Christianity must be rooted in African culture and must be preached in the African way. There are people who were killed because of their faith and some went to the forest to fight for our freedom but they were Akurinu.
“Later after independence they did not get involved in grabbing other people’s property such as land and now they have their children and grandchildren who have gone to school and are fully responsible for the work of God,” he said.
Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya running mate Martha Karua has urged Akurinu church to pray for the country during this election season, saying the Alliance is ready to work with the church for the development of the country .
National Chairman of Akurinu Church, Archbishop Apollo Gachau thanked President Kenyatta for his support of the church and assured him of the organization’s commitment to the unity of all Kenyans .
The ceremony also took place in the presence of several leaders and senior officials.
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