WHOSE CHURCH? ETHNICITY, IDENTITY, AND THE POLITICS OF BELONGING IN THE ADVENTIST CHURCH IN KENYA — PART 3

spectrummagazine.org | 11/15/2019 | Staff
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Editor’s Note: In this six-part series for Spectrum, journalist Godfrey Sang explores the current tensions in the Adventist church in Kenya through the lenses of ethnicity, identity, and politics.

Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Elections - Genesis - Crisis - Central - Kenya

The elections of 2015 can easily be considered the true genesis of the current crisis facing the Central Kenya Conference. The elections were slated for September 6 and 7, 2015, and by this time, all the delegates had been selected by all the member churches and each name submitted to the conference ahead of the vote which was to take place at Karura Adventist School just outside Nairobi. Churches had to meet the threshold to raise a delegate (400 lay members qualified to raise one delegate). This of course favored Nairobi Central Church which sent in the most delegates. Prior to the elections, active lobbying for various positions took place in the various constituencies of the CKC. Masimba was defending his seat despite murmurs in the church circles about his conduct in office and allegations of financial impropriety during his tenure at the CKC. Earlier, he had tried out for the EKUC elections as Treasurer but lost to Nehemiah Maiyo, a Nandi. He now returned to his CKC position. During the polling, Masimba lost his seat to Steven Kioko a Kamba, in a bitterly contested poll that threatened to turn chaotic at the Karura Adventist School in the outskirts of Nairobi.

At the heart of concerns for those against Masimba, was the long-awaited multi-million-dollar Nairobi Adventist Hospital which had been designed by Prof. Jerry Magutu (a practicing architect and lecturer at the University of Nairobi) and Eng. Albert Nyaundi (a practicing engineer and a politician) both of them members of Nairobi Central. Dr. Charles Maranga, a university don and a member of New Life Church, was...
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