Rival Methodist factions clash at Mombasa church

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Drama ensued at the Methodist Church of Kenya Kongowea branch, Mombasa County when two factions clashed, forcing a section of the members to conduct Sunday service outside the church.

Police sealed off the compound amid growing antagonism by the warring factions.

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According to one member and preacher of the church, Mjape Lugwe, the development came in the wake of a long drawn dispute involving members of the church’s governing council.

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The head of the church in Mombasa, Bishop Joshua Ikiao Mjape, said he arrived in the church’s premises in the company of several other leaders in readiness for a service, but to their dismay, the congregation appeared displeased with their presence.

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Fearing a bitter confrontation, the Bishop retreated to a nearby kiosk and efforts to get his views on the matter were futile.

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