Thousands of followers of Kabonokia denomination from Tharaka are mourning the abrupt death of their long serving leader after a short illness.
Reports says that the 67 year old Gitonga M’Mpunguru fell ill on Wednesday but due to their deep rooted beliefs the patient was not allowed to seek medical care untill he finally succumbed.
During his tenure as the Kabonokia leader, Gitonga has been very influential to his followers.It will be remembered that during the mass registration of Huduma number the denomination rubbished the exercise as demonic and distanced themselves from it.The same thing happened during census where most of them avaded the exercise and went uncounted.
The denomination further doesn’t allow schooling of their children which has plunged them into abject illiteracy. NewsFlash 254 learnt that new recruits into the denomination who are holding jobs in teaching profession, security or medical related, have been forced to resign to conform to the religion’s guidelines.
Kabonokia is the only denomination that has maintained that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has brought the whole world to a stand still does not exist saying it is only their God who can protect them.
Members of press who were covering the mourning event attended by thousands at Gitonga’s home had hard time maneuvering through as they were barred from recording or photographing the two days event.
The event was attended by leaders from Tigania and Kamba land where the denomination is deeply rooted.Most being illiterate, the congregation had hard time when a ‘Mzungu’who had visited the departed family rose to address them but they only stared at him.
The government has been fighting the retrogressive beliefs of the denominations which has seen many of the believers arrested and charged. But from the event, it is a clear indication that the denomination is still intact and the government might need to work hard to outsmart their beliefs.