Kiambaa Church Raising Funds For Rebuilding

The “Warriors” who torched the church claimed to be loyal to Mr Ruto, and nearly 15 years later not a single suspect has been charged and convicted for the “genocide”

By The Weekly Vision Online

When elders from the feuding Kikuyu-Kalenjin communities met in 2012 for peace talks, they agreed to bury the hatchet and unite as political allies. The two communities had been at the epicenter of the deadly 2007 post-election violence.

They even fronted their ICC bound sons, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto to contest as a team for the presidency, they won the 2013 elections.

They agreed to forget the unfortunate tragic Kiamba church fire tragedy in which up to 37 innocent lives were lost. By March 2008, at least 1,350 people had perished and 650,000 displaced in Kenya’s worst political turbulence since independence.

The “warriors” who torched the church claimed to be loyal to Mr Ruto, and nearly 15 years later not a single suspect has been charged and convicted for the “genocide”. ICC cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and 3 others have since collapsed.

The Kalenjin elders claimed rebuilding the church could open old wounds that were already healing and possibly instigate another round of ethnic driven animosities. The timing of this is also said to be suspect with DP Ruto strategists accusing Raila Odinga’s Azmio of fanning past animosities to divide supporters of the Kenya Kwanza alliance

But the ghosts of the deadly church fire only 4 months to another election in which Mr Ruto is a front runner is bad news! The Kiamba pastors have set up a committee seeking financial contributions towards the rebuilding of KAG Kiambaa.” But Kalenjin elders have accused their Kikuyu counterparts of going back on the “deal” in which they allegedly promised not to rebuild the church.

The Kalenjin elders claimed rebuilding the church could open old wounds that were already healing and possibly instigate another round of ethnic driven animosities. The timing of this is also said to be suspect with DP Ruto strategists accusing Raila Odinga’s Azmio of fanning past animosities to divide supporters of the Kenya Kwanza alliance.

In a recent paid up advert, the committee in charge of rebuilding the church said the Lord Sanctuary has remained a ‘monument of shame.’ “It has remained a bitter reminder of the extremes of politically instigated ethnic hatred,” the advert read. Led by Bishop Joseph Kamau Mariko, they urged well-wishers to support the initiative. “Well-wishers have been planning to rebuild the sanctuary despite serious opposition from politicians blamed for the barbaric act that left a permanent scar not only on survivors but the Kenya nation as a whole,” the church said.

The reconstruction of the church began last month and is currently ongoing. Well-wishers can send their support to pay Bill number 222111, Account number 085000100123.

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