Sikh monument irks Kisumu preachers
" Strange happenings in Kisumu are as a result of the presence of the monument. Recently we witnessed a stormy rainfall that caused massive destruction
The controversial monument erected by the Sikh community in one of the streets in Kisumu has caused jittery among the city residents.
The storm was raised by members of Repentance and Holiness Ministry associated with Prophet Dr. David Owuor who claimed the statue was ‘satanic’.
The monument, erected on top of a rock along Mosque Road on a roundabout, has remained the subject matter in the lakeside city.
Pastor Helen Ochieng of Repentance and Holiness Ministry in Kisumu who led worshippers in condemning the monument said the statue portrays a society worshiping an Idol and it should be brought down.
Ochieng said as Christians they will ensure the monument is erected elsewhere not along the streets of Kisumu.
She asked the authorities who approved the construction of the monument to rescind their decision as its presence will mean doom for Kisumu people.
“Strange happenings in Kisumu are as a result of the presence of the monument. Recently we witnessed a stormy rainfall that caused massive destruction,” she said.
However, Charjeet Hayer, Chairman Kisumu Siri Guru Sabha said the monument has been erected to commemorate 100 years of Sikh presence in Kisumu and has nothing to do with religion.
“I appeal to our religious brothers not to view the monument as idolatry but a sign of peace,” he pleaded.
Hayer said they are celebrating the arrival of their ancestors in Kisumu in the early 1901 and nobody should associate it with idolatry. Residents of Kisumu now fear passing along the street for bad omen.
“Cyclists will have to follow longer routes only to avoid passing through that street. They say whenever they pass there, their business dwindles,” said John Omollo, a cyclist.
Police officers had to use teargas canisters to thwart several attempts by the youths to burn and bring down the monument.
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