Wealth –Embattled Kilifi Pastor Ezekiel Odero has moved back to the court to secure orders blocking the Sate from freezing his bank accounts and operating licenses.
The founder at New Life Church, Mavueni has want the state not to interfere with his wealth that comprises eight bank accounts that are owned by his church, with lenders including NCBA and Cooperative Bank.
Additionally, he has also instructed his lawyers Danstan Omari and counterpart Cliff Ombeta to seek orders of reopening his ministry’s television channel which broadcasts his programmes.
The popular televangelist, in a nutshell, want his activities fully operational even as the case and investigations take shape.
The televangelist wants temporary conservatory orders issued staying the Communication Authority of Kenya’s suspension of his television channel.
Director-General Ezra Chiloba had confirmed the CA decision to suspend broadcasting by World Evangelism TV and Times TV, all linked to televangelists Odero and Paul Mackenzie respectively.
Paul Mackenzie, a pastor with radical teachings, was arrested after over 103 bodies found buried on his forest land in Kilifi, with allegations that he led a cult in which members starved to death as some were murdered in the process.
Chiloba explained that the two suspended stations were found to have aired inappropriate content on exorcism during the watershed period. CA noted that World Evangelism committed 12 other violations while Times TV flouted 17 broadcasting license conditions.
Odero’s multimillion church sits on a 65-acre piece of land in Kilifi, as the centrepiece of a city project being undertaken by Odero. The New Life Church has a capacity of over 40,000 congregants.
A court in Mombasa certified as urgent the application by Mr. Odero for the State to reopen his Church and for the Communications Authority of Kenya CA to restore broadcast by his television channel.
Coast Regional Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha during the arrest of the Ezekiel highlighted allegations of deaths occurring at his church.
Detectives also claimed Ezekiel conspired with Paul Mackenzie to have bodies of some individuals who died in his church, secretly buried at Mackenzie’s Shakakhola Farm.
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