Friday March 27, 2015 - The church is once again on the spotlight for all the wrong reasons and Kenyans are now confused as to who or where to run to for refuge.
Barely months after a Jicho Pevu exposé by KTN’s Mohammed Ali and John Allan Namu on fake Prophet Victor Kanyari who was fleecing his unsuspecting congregation with potassium permanganate and his panda mbegu ya 310 sermons, another senior Catholic Bishop has also been str!pped n@ked on the alter and his evils deeds of stealing in the name of God exposed.
To many Catholic followers, Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Kisumu Diocese is next to a saint - humble, firm and a towering religious leader who is also the voice of the voiceless.
However, all these accolades may not be true of Okoth and the faithful may just be forced to change their view of him after this KTN exposé by Dennis Onsarigo that has brought out the devil in him.
Okoth, who is the second most powerful cleric in the Catholic hierarchy in Kenya after Cardinal John Njue, has taken advantage of his position to fleece the Catholic Church both in Kisumu and Rome.
The Archbishop has been accused by various parish officials, ordained brothers and sisters in Kisumu of corruption, arrogance and intimidation among other transgressions in the name of God.
According to documents now available to The Kenyan DAILY POST, Reverend Archbishop Zachaeus Okoth has been forging signatures of parish Priests in his Diocese and writing to Pope Francis in Rome to solicit for funds for non-existent projects.
A case in point is the alleged construction of a convent by St. Michael Sigomere Catholic Church in which Okoth solicited a whooping sh3 million from Pope Francis with fake signatures from Parish Priest, Father Lawrence Omolo, who has since denied ever signing any letter to Rome seeking funds. Besides, the project does not exist and the ‘good’ Bishop just pocketed the money.
“I am just tongue-tied. This is a shocker to me. I do not know anything about these letters and neither do we have any project like that,” said the soft spoken Omolo.
He also instructs priests to conduct harambees in churches for various church projects but the money ends up in his fat pocket.
Besides, almost all transfers of Priests in Kisumu by Okoth are normally tied up with the issue of money and priests found themselves thrown right left and center if they did not bribe the Bishop.
“Such instances are normally tied up with the issue of money. May be the Bishop expected a cut and you did not give out or if he suspects you are not going to share the money with him,” said one of the Parish Priests who did not want to be mentioned for fear of reprisals.
Bishop Okoth has also been accused of propagating tribalism in the church as Priests from other communities who are not Luos have been treated like trash and intimidated by him.
“I have been unfairly targeted and victimized by His Grace just because I am not from his Luo clan and unwilling to bribe him,” a priest revealed.
More to follow…
The Kenyan DAILY POST