A local pastor has slammed Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i for issuing orders restraining faithful to conduct night prayers in their houses instead of churches. 

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Pastor Lawrence Kiriago of Holiness church in Nyabioto, Erera in Kisii County protested Matiang'i's decision. 

This comes after Matiang'i issued an order to those holding night prayers over the weekend to shift them to their houses so that they can be available for enumeration in the soon to commence census exercise. 

Census is scheduled to start on Saturday, 24 August 2019.

"Matiang'i's order to restrain church members from holding night prayers is uncalled for and unacceptable. He could have consulted church leaders before arriving at the decision," said the pastor on Thursday.  

According to the man of God, census exercise will run smoothly even with night prayers being conducted in various churches.

He said this country needs more prayers due to increased theft of public funds.

Kiriago vowed to hold night prayers with church members after they are enumerated arguing that most of the church members hail from the area thus will not affect census.

"Our church usually holds night prayers every Saturday night and prayers will go on as planned. I urge church members to attend night prayers after they have been counted," he noted.