LSK puts strategies in place to control religious extremism.
The law society of Kenya, LSK puts strategies in place to control religious extremism, This comes in regards to pastor Mackenzie’s Shakahola Cult.
LSK president asked the senate to implement a societial Act, that will foster a good collaboration between the state and religious organizations.
LSK President stated,”While Churches have also put some self-regulatory mechanisms in place, this self-regulatory mechanism is not sufficient enough to protect persons from all forms of abuse by errant religious leaders.”
He further outined the criteria through which these churches will be registered. He cited that through this, manipulation of any sort will be avoided.
He stated,”There is need to establish clear eligibility criteria for registration, such as minimum membership, organizational structure, financial accountability, and adherence constitutional principles and values,”
“This will help prevent the formation of exploitative religious organizations while ensuring that genuine religious groups align and respect the constitutional values, human rights, and public welfare,” he added.
Notably, LSK president Theuri, insisted that all religious entities should be able to provide their leadership structure, sources of funding, and purposes of spiritual practices, as part of the registration process
He stated,”This means any person, regardless of their theological background, can register a Church. The absence of a requirement invites all persons including con artists to apply for registration.”
He also told the senate, of a penal code, that will regulate the behaviors of this religious leaders.
He stated,”A comprehensive framework for religious organizations needs to be enacted to make registration for all religious groups operating in Kenya mandatory.”
“This will foster transparency, accountability, and facilitate efficient scrutiny of religious activities to ensure compliance with national laws, human rights, public safety, and prevent the emergence of radicalized or harmful groups,” he added.
Further, LSK suggested that there needs to be programs that will create awareness of critical thinking and assertiveness when it comes to religion.
He stated,”We proposed establishing independent bodies, such as religious watchdog groups or ombudsman offices, can help ensure accountability and prevent extreme indoctrination.”
“These measures should be implemented while respecting freedom of religion and expression, ensuring that legitimate religious practices are not curtailed,” he cautioned.