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Catholic faithful stage demo, threaten to boycott tithes

Ian Byron
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Church members protest at a past demo. Catholic faithful from Muhuru Bay on Sunday refused to pay tithes after they were denied a parish [Source /Daily Mial]

Faithful of St Mary’s Immaculate Otho Catholic Church in Muhuru Bay on Sunday staged peaceful demonstrations accusing the Homa Bay Diocese  Bishop of blackmail.

The faithful drawn from eleven churches took a swipe at the Arch Bishop Phillip Anyollo for allegedly transferring the parish which was intended to be at Otho Church.

The members claimed the new parish is located over ten kilometres across the lake making it difficult to access the Sunday services.

Dominic Orati Achola who is a church member said the members would not channel their contributions to the newly established parish located at Muhuru Bay.

“This Church was intended to be a mission by Father Oliech but after he had been transferred, the incumbent Father colluded with some individuals to divert the Parish to Muhuru Bay,” said Orati.

Hellen Ogombe, another faithful said they were not consulted before the decision to transfer the parish to Muhuru Bay was reached. 

 “We cannot move to the new establishment because we were never consulted. Father Nyagah compromised the earlier agreement reached by the Bishop when he visited the church last year.” Hellen said.

When approached for comments, Father Edwin Watembo of Muhuru Parish confirmed the allegations saying the matter rests with the Arch Bishop who is currently on official duty in Germany.

“I’m aware there are complaints lodged by the said church and the matter is currently with the Arch Bishop who will address the matter when he gets back to the country.” Said  Father Watembo.

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