The Labour Court has fined Anglican Church of Kenya Sh200,000 for disobeying orders to reinstate three priests who were suspended over allegations of engaging in homosexuality.
Justice Nzioki Makau, while delivering the verdict at Nyeri Law Courts on Tuesday, directed the Registered Trustees of the ACK church to pay the fine within 48 hours for contempt of court.
“Court orders are not mere suggestions or decorative pieces. Respondent is in breach of contempt,” said Justice Makau while the 18-page ruling.
He found that the church’s registered trustees (respondent) had failed to reinstate Archdeacon John Gachau, Reverend James Maigua and Rev Paul Warui back to their priesthood duties, contrary to a court order dated September 30, 2016.
Before their suspension from the church ministerial duties, the three clerics were serving at the Diocese of Mt Kenya West under Bishop Joseph Kagunda.