By Josiah Odanga

There is division in the Legio Maria of African Church Mission over alleged knowledge in Coronavirus treatment by some of them. One faction says that their ‘holy water’ and candles cure all diseases, and that the novel Covid-19 is not special. Another faction, of the same religious conviction, rubbish this claim as bordering on extremist belief in religion, and that science has its place. Here is a story about how the indigenous African Church’s (founded by Messias Melkio Ondeto) healing narrative has propelled Covid-19 related disinformation, in both the online and offline Kenyan spaces.

This in depth piece was produced as part of IWPR’s Africa Resilience Network (ARN) program, administered in partnership with the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), and Africa Uncensored.
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