Kenyan Anglican Pastor Charles Githinji was in hot water, after allegedly getting caught on video with a young woman in his hotel room.
The incident, and many others like it spurred the hashtag #PantsDown in 2014, according to the BBC.
In the video, Githinji is seen nervously putting on his clothes while the alleged husband kicks and hits his wife.
The wife who could not stop laughing and smiling after being caught, made the scene even more awkward when they were told to pose for a photo shoot.
The embarrassed pastor was lost for words and started claiming that he was there to pray and nothing else.
After he is fully dressed — and a photo is taken of the pair — Githinji explains that he was lured to the hotel room by the woman who said she needed urgent prayers because she was sick. Watch news coverage of the incident here:
And while the video garnered over 250,000 views when it was uploaded in September 2014, the bigger story seems to be the number of pastor-cheating videos that came up on Kenya’s prime-time news.
Well the true story remains that a number of freelance cameramen reportedly received sizable amounts of money to catch pastors in the act from news networks.
These videos caused #PantsDown to come to life, with more than 2,500 tweets tweeted in just a few days.
The idea that cameramen are being handsomely paid by news networks has some speculating that videos such as Githinji’s were staged.
Some even believe that Githinji was targeted by the cameraman, “wife,” and “husband” since the young woman can be seen smiling throughout the videotaping.
Deadbeat Kenya Facebook page creator Jackson Njeru agrees, remarking, “When I watched the video, something was not adding up. The lady was smiling. She was laughing,”
Kenyan BBC journalist Ruth Nesoba also added, “Apparently what is emerging is a clique of freelance cameramen who are going round looking for these kind of stories.”
Either way, the Anglican Church was reportedly investigated and promised that “stern disciplinary action” will be taken against the pastor if the allegations are proven true. We don’t know if he was eventually punished or not.
Kenyans on Twitter did not take this sitting down as they came out to give their opinions on #pantsdown. Here are some of the comments:
@fokango: ‘So the pastor was praying for the lady in lodging and naked but wait why was the lady smiling at the husband? @KTNKenya #PantsDown’
@jaco78: ‘Lol. The husband of that admittedly pretty lady caught #pantsdown should ask himself some very hard questions. That pastor is really old.’
@ReysGitonga: ‘#pantsdown @KTNKenya most of the pastors we have in Kenya are a real disgrace to the gospel of Christ…God have mercy on them.’
@ReysGitonga: ‘@KTNKenya #Pantsdown no wonder I never support night fellowship, house to house and private prayer sessions….God forgive us all.’
@masasadenis: ‘#pantsdown Better a pastor who drinks in secret and doesn’t mess around with peoples wives than a sober one who can’t control his soberness.’
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