Followers of Prophet David Owuor’s Repentance and Holiness Ministry have been engaging in the practice of washing roads in honor of their spiritual leader. This symbolic act is deeply rooted in the notions of humility and service, reflecting their unwavering dedication and respect for their leader. Additionally, the act of road washing serves as a joyful demonstration of the anticipation and happiness shared among the members, particularly when they are expecting a special guest.
During a recent appearance before the Senate Adhoc Committee, which was investigating religious activities in the country after the tragic deaths of over 400 followers of Pastor Paul Mckenzie in Shakahola, Kilifi, representatives of the Repentance and Holiness Ministry provided an explanation for their unique practice. Nominated senator Veronica Maina expressed her curiosity about why they took on the responsibility of cleaning public places like roads during their leader’s visits, which she believed should fall under the county’s jurisdiction.
In response, lawyer Gerald Odiwour, who represented Prophet Owuor, defended the practice, highlighting that expressing joy and gladness is a fundamental freedom that everyone possesses. He explained that road washing is just one way for the followers to demonstrate their happiness and honor towards their esteemed leader. Furthermore, he drew a parallel to the biblical notion of showing honor to leaders, illustrating how even when receiving heads of state, roads and buildings are painted to signify respect and celebration.
In essence, the act of washing roads by the followers of Prophet David Owuor’s ministry is deeply tied to their spiritual beliefs and serves as a visible expression of their devotion and reverence for their leader. They view it as a gesture of humility, service, and joyful anticipation, thereby exemplifying their commitment to their faith and their expectation of a special guest.