Controversial Malindi pastor Paul Mackenzie takes on MP Aisha Jumwa


Paul Mackenzie with his wife Joyce Mwikamba in a past court session /PHOTO ALPHONCE GARI/ ...
Paul Mackenzie with his wife Joyce Mwikamba during a past court session /PHOTO ALPHONCE GARI/ the Star

In Summary

  • Mackenzie said this at his church, Good News International, in Malindi town after what he termed as intimidation from area Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa.
  • Jumwa had threatened to rally the public to storm the church over claims of radical teachings that have left many school going children abandon school after being 'brainwashed'.
  • In October last year, police officers raided the Good News International church and rescued about 93 children and arrested Pastor Makenzi and some members.

Controversial Malindi pastor Paul Mackenzie has warned area MP Aisha Jumwa against inciting the public against his church.

Speaking at his church Good News International in Malindi town, Mackenzie told off the lawmaker and vowed to take action against her and other politicians opposed to his church activities.

“If anyone feels offended about my summons and teachings in accordance to the scripture, let them go to court and produce evidence, I am not afraid to serve my god,” he said.

Jumwa reportedly threatened to rally the public to storm the church over claims of radical teachings that have seen children skip school after they were ‘brainwashed’ that education was a worldly thing.

The legislator is also said to have accused Mackenzie of giving bribes to security agencies to prevent the church from being closed down.

“It is absurd that despite having been arrested about three times and charged, the pastor is still scot free and continues with his work of radicalising school children,” said Jumwa.

 

In September, a video clip of children aged between six to 17 years renouncing education went viral on social media leading to public outcry.

In the two-minute video clip, one of the boys is heard responding to a question saying education is ungodly as revealed in the holy scriptures.

In October last year, police officers raided the Good News International church and rescued about 93 children.

Pastor Makenzi and some church members were arrested.

The preacher was later taken to court and charged with promoting radicalisation and teaching children in an unregistered school at his church.

He denied the charges and was released on a Ksh.500,000 bond with surety.

During investigations, some of the children interrogated claimed that education is satanic and said they had left their homes and schools to follow the pastor.

The pastor’s followers, who include primary, secondary school and university students, defended their decision to drop out of school, quoting Bible verses.

In October this year, angry residents at Bungale in Magarini, Kilifi County demolished one of Pastor Makenzi’s churches on claims of indoctrinating locals with false Christian teachings.

Locals also razed down pastor Titus Katana’s home, who works for Pator Makenzi at Good News International church at Majengo ya Wakala village in Bungale for promoting extremism.

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