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Thika Missionary School Closed Over Religious Cult Allegations

Parents and students of Caritas Mariana Secondary School in Thika which was shut over claims of devil worship, September 5, 2018. /COURTESY

A Nigerian-run missionary school in Thika, Caritas Mariana Secondary School has been closed by education authorities over allegations of sexual abuse, indiscipline and devil worshiping.

Thika Sub-County Director of Education Ronald Mbogo is said to have received an anonymous letter with the said allegations against the school.

Mr Mbogo said that they carried out their own investigations and established that 5 of the allegations against Caritas Mariana Secondary School were true and very serious.

He recommended immediate closure of the school and promised to help allocate the 72 students from the institution, including 10 KCSE candidates to other schools.

The school is run by a Nigerian mission led by Father Bertrand Maria Nwachukwu.

Father Nwachukwu is now being accused of sexual harassment, extreme religious practices and hiring of unregistered teachers.

Parents in the school are calling foul play as they say that no student has reported anything against the school. They accuse the education officials of using the malicious allegations in order to grab the land owned by the school.

The school’s Parents Teachers Association chairman Henry Ngure said the parents are stranded as they don’t know where to take their children.

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“Parents are now stranded with their children at home and have nowhere to take them. Why did the officials close the school in the middle of the year? This is against the ministry’s policy,” he said.

This is not the first time the priest is being linked to sexual harassment allegations since similar claims previously emerged in 2016 after one of the pupils died.

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