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Daddy Owen vows to stand for what is right as churches receive backlashes amid protests

Gospel musician Daddy Owen has asserted that, as a Christian, he will stand up for what is right amid increasing pressure on the government.

The MTV MAMAs Award winner said that Kenya, being a democratic state, provides the freedom to raise voices and be counted.

Vocal Daddy Owen

Owen, who has actively used his social media platforms to comment on the ongoing situation, including meetings between clergy and the President and condemning the recent shootings, clarified that he is neither a sycophant nor a fawner.

Daddy Owen in a past tour. PHOTO/@daddyowenmusic/X

He also pointed out that many Christians tend to remain silent, even though Jesus Christ, whom they follow, was considered radical by the Pharisees and Sadducees.

“As a Christian I must stand up for what is right. Our democracy gives us the freedom to raise our voices and be counted. I am not a sycophant neither am I a fawner! Most Christians keep quiet, yet even Jesus Christ was considered a radical by the Pharisees and the Sadducees!” Owen posted on his X account.

Daddy Owen‘s statement comes at a time when the Church and Christians have faced backlash from the public.

The Holy Family Basilica recently came under fire for denying entry to protesters seeking refuge from the police during anti-Finance Bill demonstrations.

The church later clarified that its decision was made to ensure the safety and welfare of the students attending the Holy Family Minor Basilica Catholic Parochial School within the compound, emphasizing that the safety of the young children was their primary concern.

Additionally, the Church has been criticized for remaining silent on the Finance Bill 2024 issue. Several churches have released statements addressing the matter, but the criticism persists.

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President William Ruto arrives at Nakuru High school for the Akurinu annual national prayer conference on June 9, 2024. PHOTO/@rigathi/X.
President William Ruto arrives at Nakuru High School for the Akurinu annual national prayer conference on June 9, 2024. PHOTO/@rigathi/X

The Church has also faced backlash for hosting politicians and collecting substantial donations. Following the President’s rejection of the Finance Bill 2024, the Head of State met with church leaders, including bishops under the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) umbrella.

A section of netizens has criticized the move by church leaders to meet the president while several Kenyans have been shot dead during the protests.

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