Kenya declines to approve Ghanaian church citing illegal activities

By The Weekly Vision

A church with a sizable presence in Ghana is currently seeking a registration certificate to set up operations in Kenya, however, church officials are facing bottlenecks after International Intelligence Community received claims that they may be involved in money laundering activities. 

The allegations may force the Intelligence Community in Kenya to declare the church as an organisation of “major interest”

The Intelligence community in Nairobi whose duty is to vet registration of new churches especially foreign-based ones are understood to be amused at the failure by the Ghana High Commission in Nairobi to put in a good word in favour of the Accra based church as required by the law

Kingdom Authority Prayer Tower International officials in Kenya are said to have forwarded application forms to authorities in Kenya seeking a practising licence, the forms are still lying unattended at the Ministry of Culture after the Office of the Attorney General and Security Agencies in Nairobi declined to approve the request.

Kingdom Authority Prayer Tower International 

The Intelligence community in Nairobi whose duty is to vet registration of new churches especially foreign-based ones are understood to be amused at the failure by the Ghana High Commission in Nairobi to put in a good word in favour of the Accra based church as required by the law. The matter has been pending since 2019.

Further baffling is a claim that the church’s founder Bishop Kwesi Asare Odoi Anim does not work for UNESCO as he claimed in the registration forms and from the photo evidence there is a clear case of “forgery.” If this UNESCO claim is proved not to be the right one then Bishop Asare would be in serious trouble for “impersonation” of a top UN diplomat.

It is further understood that the local branch of the Church that was operating illegally from Agro House on Moi Avenue in Nairobi has since been closed down over rent arrears amounting to Kshs 57,000. Auctioneers also seized desktop computers, laptops and furniture after the expected financial support from Ghana failed to materialise.

Local church officials told The Weekly Vision that they had tried to secure some financial relief from Ghana over the last 2 years but had failed. “Bishop Asare kept giving one empty promise after another” lamented a church official who added that when Covid- 19 struck there was a “total blackout” in communications, they also suspect the church’s bank accounts have been frozen by authorities in Ghana.

Apostle James the church overseer in Nairobi said he spoke to Bishop Asare early this year, but was not sure of the UNESCO information mismatch. He said he had been in touch with Bishop Asare and some Accra church officials on the matter for the last two years. “We know things changed after Covid- 19 but even earlier matters were not smooth,” he told The Weekly Vision on phone.

A source within the organisation who was approached by this writer regarding the issue is yet to confirm the exact identity of Mr Asare at the UNESCO Ghana office who have promised to avail full information to us on identities and photos of their staff which would be compared with photos in Nairobi. Interpol and FBI are following leads that have implicated church officials in “suspicious” financial transactions and possible drug links with notorious cartels in Nigeria and Ghana.

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