Church Trustees, Bishops Lock Horns Ahead Of Conference

They contend that some Bishops have engaged in rivalry and threatened the group's members and that if the aforementioned instructions are not issued, the group's safety will be in danger.

The Trustee Registered Methodist Church and Rev. Joseph Ntombura have filed a lawsuit in an effort to prevent other church bishops from interfering with the 57th annual conference.

The annual conference is scheduled to take place from August 3 to 8, 2022, at the Methodist Resort Conference Centre on Oloitoktok Road in Nairobi.

They contend that some Bishops have engaged in rivalry and threatened the group’s members and that if the aforementioned instructions are not issued, the group’s safety will be in danger.

“The applicants are apprehensive of their safety as well as that of the delegates during the said meeting, for reasons that there has been threats and rivalry from respondents for a long time this causing apprehension,” reads court papers.

Bishops are among the respondents in the case.

Bishop Ntombura asserts that he has been the target of threats made to imply that the annual conference meeting won’t be conducted peacefully.

Delegates from all over the country attend the annual conference meeting, thus it is crucial for the applicants to guarantee the gathering will take place peacefully.

The trustees contend, through attorney Danstan Omari, that the entire Methodist Church in Kenya is likely to incur loss and suffering if no directives are made.

According to court documents, there were leadership disputes in December of last year, and some bishops and other people allegedly broke glass doors into the Methodist Church while others were armed and terrorized other churchgoers.

They have allegedly been living in fear ever since the aforementioned incident, according to Bishop Ntombura.