Leaders of a sect have asked the Ministry of Education to scrap lessons that touch on sexuality, threatening to keep their children away from schools.

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Members of the Kabonokia sect led by their leader Gitonga M'Mpunguru said they will continue to keep their children away from schools if the government allows schools to teach the subjects in school.

M'Mpunguru said the subjects that teach lessons on sexuality are tempting their children to engage in sex at an early age.

Some of the Kabonokia followers in Tharaka Nithi and Meru counties have refused to take their children to schools over fear their children will be taught such subjects.

M'Mpunguru who was once a school chairman said the sect is not against education but the lessons that touch on sexuality go against their faith.

“There is no way we will allow our daughters to be taught these subjects since they will take them away from the word of God. I will ask all the parents whose children have dropped out of school to take them back, though I won't force them. Our conditions must, however, be met before we do this,” said M'Mpunguru as quoted by the Standard.

M'Mpunguru said the sect members are ready for any consequences even going to jail in defence of their faith.

“We are not afraid of being arrested as long as we are following God's law. We will even get time to preach to the prisoners and even police officers and baptise those who will repent while serving our sentences if it will come to that,” he added.