By Our Reporter
Tension is high within Voice of Salvation and Healing Church in Kisumu with the members of the congregation accusing Bishop Winnie Owiti wife of the ailing church’s founder Archbishop Silas Owiti of up surging his roles which is leading to mass walkout of members of the church saying Winnie’s move is aimed at “overthrowing” Archbishop Owiti from the church leadership.
The members says that the church which has its branches within the entire East and Central Africa is likely to disintegrate if the current goings on by Bishop Winnie is not checked and stopped by the church’s trustees.
They accuse Bishop Winnie of recently conniving with her sycophants to endorse her as the predecessor of her ailing husband under the guise that he was senile and incapable of running the church actively.
“The dust has not settled when she declared herself as the head of our church and again she has brought some quarters to grant her an honorary doctorate so that it puts her at par with her husband so that her leadership becomes legitimate” one angered member of the church who never wanted her name revealed who is opposed to her leadership style lamented.
The members are also accusing their self-imposed Bishop Winnie of discarding elders of the church who had steered the church to its present state through reshuffles which has not been endorsed by the church organs and without the knowledge of Archbishop Owiti whom she says has lost his memory and has made sure that no any church adherent nor officials can access him at his Kisumu’s Milimani home where she has hired goons to keep vigil on her husband so that no one sees Archbishop Owiti and only through her advice and consent.
A cross section of church members interviewed in regard to the goings on within Voice of Salvation and Healing Church are also accusing Bishop Winnie of subjecting her husband to her current state as she has really frustrated the old man and abandoned him at a time the man of God needed her physical support most.
“She has a tendency of staying away from home for as a long as one month or more under the guise of doing missionary work which the church leadership has not sanctioned nor is aware of leading her to abandon her husband under the care of maids who cannot handle the old man better” one official of the church who never wanted his name be published lamented saying they cannot access Archbishop Owiti and they do not presently know his condition nor his whereabouts saying perhaps their Archbishop might be “dead”.
Older members of the church who were in the steering committees of the church have so far been replaced by Bishop Winnie’s “yes men” as she says that she is restructuring the church’s organization.
“We are not against the church being geared for better organization but divine intervention should be upheld and not physical orchestration whose aim is to make one the church’s leadership through unorthodox means” one elder of the church added.
Meanwhile a cross section of Nyanza Clergy has won Bishop Owiti to go slow and stop antagonizing and divided men of cloth within the region as she expand her “reign and territory ”.
“After messing Voice Of Salvation and Healing Church she is now targeting respective churches dividing members and selecting people whom she is so safe to work with, we are soon calling her to reprimand in love and tell her the teaching of the bible in regard to leadership, should she refuse then we will not count her as one of our own” one clergy based in Kisumu said.
Efforts to get comment from Bishop Winnie were fruitless as she never replied back short messages written to her not called back as she promised.