By Peter Amunga
Bishop Oginde has retired from CITAM leadership. He has put the church under his surrogate one Calisto Odede, who has taken over the role of CEO and Bishop at the Multi billion Ministry.
HOWEVER, the respected CITAM gospel ministry in Kenya is under intense spotlight for tribalism among it’s rank and file. Social media users and a large section of it’s members are accusing top leadership of ensuring that those from the Luo ethnic group are the only ones to lead the church. That Luos have been passing the leadership button to each other after the founder missionaries left the country.
CITAM boasts of high-class churches and cathedrals in Kenya’s top cities. It owns assets in Billions of Kenya Shillings including prime land, schools, buses and a leading gospel radio station. It attract the cream of our society, mainly former university students who were active CU members in those universities. Personally I started interacting with CITAM while still in the university in the late 80’s and early 90s. Their bishop then and founder was a Canadian called pastor Dennis White would preach fiery messages to us at the Kenyatta University CU.
After Dennis white retired, he left the church in the hands of Bonface Adoyo, who had been his able deputy. Bonface Adoyo did very well for ten years except when he was accused of being part of scammers who duped members into a nonexistent housing and land buying scheme. Billions of shillings got lost and members went to court. The matter is still in court.
Adoyo then retired and left the church in the hands of his then deputy a Bishop Oginde (A luo). Oginde was deputized with Bishop Kiminywe (A Luhyia). From Church practice, It was clear, that Oginde was to serve ten years and leave the seat to his deputy Pastor Ken Kiminywe, just like he had also inherited.
But when the time for Oginde to retire came, last weekend, church members were shocked to discover that their deputy Bishop was nowhere on the succession list. Oginde had gone to the Nairobi Babptist, where his longtime friend, village mate and tribesman was a lowly pastor. He privately had trained him and sold him to the other church leaders. He organized a fake interview where he cleaverly locked out his assistant.
Church members and other commentators are saying that, the only reason Oginde did this to his able assistant is TRIBALISM. They say Oginde is tribalist to the core who believes that the leadership of CITAM can only bein the hands of his tribesmen. The Luos.
The concerns we are seeing on Social media are…
- “For a Luo to replace another Luo at the helm of CITAM a leading Church Organisation in a country that has 48 tribes, calls for an investigation.”
- “Is CITAM a luo affair? What will become became of the Luhya Bishop, Ken Kimiywe who has been Oginde’s Deputy? Where does he go from here?”
- Where are Luhya leaders, or influencers to demand justice for the debased Bishop Ken Kiminywe, whose only shortcoming is that he was not LUO?”
If indeed the above allegations are true. Then SHAME ON YOU CITAM. It only proves that we as a society we are rotten.