Nairobi, 10 March, 2020 / 1:13 am (ACI Africa).
The existence and influence of two groups involved in cult-like operations within the Archdiocese of Nairobi is a cause of “serious pastoral concern” for the top leadership of the Kenyan Archdiocese, the Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue has cautioned in a letter read out Sunday, March 8 in all parishes under his care.
“These groups bear characteristics of a cult and use tactics of instilling fear in order to inculcate their doctrines and enforce their practices upon individuals,” Cardinal Njue’s letter reads in part, referencing two group, which he identified as “Gwata Ndai” and “another group whose name is still unknown and has similar characteristics to Gwata Ndai group.”
Operational in some areas of the 114-parish Archdiocese of Nairobi, the committee appointed to investigate the groups established that the groups have targeted Catholic faithful at the grassroots with the methodology of fear and intimidation.
“They instill fear (such as fear of death and calamities if one ignores their teachings) and coercion in recruiting new members,” Cardinal Njue shares the findings of the committee he appointed “within the presbyteral council whose mandate was to investigate and give a report on the origin, objectives, extent of operations and effects.”
“The groups claim to be advocating for Cultural renaissance through reinforcing of cultural traditions and practices, men empowerment and reinstating the traditional way of worship,” the Cardinal stated in his three-page letter dated March 4.