Prostitutes throng Nyeri ahead of Sister Irene Nyaatha Beatification
They have booked hotels for two weeks in anticipation of the arrival of more than 300,000 foreign pilgrims expected to attend the event.
A spot check of some hotels showed that they were almost fully booked by “ladies who are in Nyeri for a mission”.
“Who doesn’t need bodily satisfaction anyway? By the way even Christians need sex. It’s our turn to eat. We are waiting for those international visitors,” a sex worker said on Tuesday evening.
Some of the prostitutes, who are from Mombasa, Nairobi, Machakos and Nakuru, are camped at Gikondi area, Mukurweini, Othaya and Karatina towns.
Event coordinator Father Peter Githinji could not be reached for comment.
A Catholic priest, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however urged Christians not to be swayed by “earthly things” but to focus on the spiritual matters that the event concerns.
Nyeri Central Deputy Commissioner John Marete said the town is full of “new faces” but that police are preparing to deal with any arising situations.
The pilgrims have started arriving for the beatification set for May 22 to 24.
The main event will be held at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology where a dais is being erected.
Roads and streets lights have been rehabilitated ahead of the event.