The Anglican Church has been hit with a heavy fine after the church sacked two of its priests for allegedly involving in homosexuality.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nyeri area of Kenya has fined the Anglican Church Kenya (ACK) Sh6.9 Million (N21) for sacking three priests they suspected were homosexuals.
In a land mark delivery on Friday, Justice Bryam Ongaya ordered that the three Men of God be reinstated from October adding that their dismissal was unfair.
It would be recalled that in August 2015, Archdeacon John Njogu Gachau, Rev James Maina Maigua and Rev Paul Mwangi Warui, were kicked out of service on suspicion that they were engaging in homosexuality.
The Kenyans reported that the angry priests filed a suit at the Nyeri Court arguing that Mount Kenya-West Bishop Joseph Kagunda had made up the gay story with the intention of getting back at Archdeacon Gachau who had vied for a church position that was won him (Bishop Kagunda).
The court ruled in favour of the three priests and ordered the church to pay each of them Sh 2.3 Million as arrears for the lost salaries while they were under suspension.
“An employer lacks power to find criminal liabilities of an employee. The homosexual crime was not established in this court and that notwithstanding there is no evidence of the homosexual allegations,” the judge noted.