Court orders OCS Meru police station to ensure security during KEMU graduation

Methodist Church in Kenya Presiding bishop Joseph Ntombura and lawyer Danstan Omari (blue tie) addressing journalists at Methodist Church HQ in Nairobi at a past date. PHOTO/Suek.

Meru Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered the OCS Meru Police Station to ensure that there will be no disruption of the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) graduation to be held on 5th November 2022.

Principal Magistrate A.G Muneme ruled that the OCS must ensure peace during the graduation which will be held at the University’s graduation square in Meru.

“An order be and is hereby issued to the Officer Commanding Station, Meru Police Station to ensure that there will be peace and there will be no interruptions by anybody whatsoever during the 22nd graduation ceremony for Kenya Methodist University to be held on 5th November 2022 at the graduation square campus – Meru,” the Magistrate ruled.

Kenya Methodist Church bishop Joseph Ntombura and the Trustees Registered Methodist church had filed an application seeking to ensure security after threats by former bishops and other members of the church to disrupt the function.

Through lawyer Danstan Omari, the bishop also wrote to the Nairobi County Police Commander in regards to a letter by the former church members seeking to hold peaceful procession and prayers on 5th November.


Omari said that the writers of the said letter are not known to them and is highly likely that they have ill-intentions and are hiding behind a veil dubbed “concerned methodists”. 

The court directed the application to be heard inter-partes on 10th November 2022.

The church has been in a court battle with the former church officials who allegedly want to take over ownership of the church assets among them lands and University.

It is alleged that the respondents, among them Richard Kirimi, Dr. Solomon Muriuki and John Marete have formed online platforms to incite disharmony and spread lies to other innocent flock of the church, tainting the image of Bishop Ntombura and reputation of the church at large.