Religiosity and Human Rights: The Consequence of Kavonokya Religious Sect on Education and Healthcare
Religion as understood by religionists is a complete way of life. It not only generates the norms and pre-eminently values that should characterize people’s behaviour, but also guides through principles on whose basis they resolutely interact with the society. One of the major antagonisations that has befallen humanity in this 21 st Century is the extreme religiosity that has eventuated the clouding of its rationality. The devastating effects of this occurrence is now more than ever pronounced in the Kenyan society. Kenya identifies education and health care as critical areas that need urgent attention and provides the necessary impetus through policy and programs being key human rights. Despite this awareness there are notably widespread setbacks, obstinately championed by warped religious dogmas. This paper seeks to bring to light and increase consciousness on how kavonokya as a religious sect incites controversy through practices that militate the infringement of the rights to education and access to health care of its adherents. It examines the religious views against health care access and education in kavonokya; whether they constitute religious deviance, a sign of religious degeneracy or a surreptitious violation of human rights on a veiled religionism platform and its implications on the respect for and observance of human rights.