Televangelist Ezekiel faces court as detectives investigate deaths at his church in Kenya
Televangelist Ezekiel appeared before the Shanzu court on Friday, after being arrested on Thursday. The police are seeking his detention for 30 days to complete their investigations and submit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
According to detectives working on the case, credible intelligence suggests that some of the individuals who died at Pastor Ezekiel’s church in Mavueni may have been buried on the 800-acre land in Shakahola. As questions continue to circulate about the connection between Ezekiel and Paul Mackenzie, whose ministry operates in Kilifi county, suspicions have been raised about whether the tragedy in Shakhola is linked to the activities of Ezekiel’s New Life Prayer Centre and Church.
During the court proceedings, Senior Prosecution Counsel Jami Yamina revealed that there is a connection between Ezekiel and Mackenzie, based on interviews and interrogations conducted thus far. Yamina claimed that the DCI had traced a financial transaction of KES 3 million between Ezekiel and Mackenzie for the purchase of a TV station.
The nature of the relationship between Ezekiel and Mackenzie has been a subject of interest due to reports that Mackenzie sold his church to Ezekiel Odero. This has prompted questions about the extent to which the events in Shakhola may have been influenced by the activities of the two pastors.
The case against Ezekiel is ongoing, and it remains to be seen what further information will be uncovered during the investigations. The allegations surrounding the deaths at his church have shocked many, and it is hoped that the truth will be brought to light through a thorough and fair legal process.