Robbers broke into PCEA Church in Rironi, Kiambu County, on Saturday night where they drank church wine before making away with church equipment.
Clergy in Kiambu, as a result, raised concerns about a heightened spate of robberies in the county targeting houses of worship, leading to loss of property.
Speaking on Sunday, Limuru Churches Chairman Bishop Aaron Ngaruiya lamented the robberies saying that they were affecting church activities.
“They come to our churches and carry away the speakers that we use in services, some of them even end up drinking the church wine,” he stated.
PCEA Rironi Church
Ngaruiya further called upon the security agencies to enhance patrols in the region to curb these raids which have been targeting churches for a long time.
“I would like to call upon the government during this time of Christmas celebrations to ensure that there are proper plans for security in our towns. As they do this, they should also look out for the security of our churches,” he added.
During the Saturday raid, a security guard looking after the church premises was injured. The police have launched an investigation into this incident.
In August, daring vandals scaled a perimeter wall of the Kerwa Catholic Church which also houses the priest in Kikuyu, Kiambu County, where they destroyed two luxurious vehicles belonging to the church.
Back in April 2021, another incident was reported in which a gang of robbers broke into Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Ngecha, Kiambu County, and stole an imported bell weighing 500kgs
The robbers broke the church doors to access the bell before making away with the copper-made bell.
Other than church robberies, there have been other cases of robberies in the county of Kiambu County as well as other places in the country with the victims calling upon the police to double their efforts in dealing with such cases.
In October, robbers took it further by robbing a senior police officer of his firearm in an attack in Kingeero area in Kiambu.
Kiambu Police Station, Kiambu County