For the first time, controversial televangelist Pastor Ezekiel Odero of New Life Prayer Center discussed his enormous riches with the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee looking into the Shakahola killings.
In his Friday speech to the committee, Pastor Ezekiel claimed that church funds were the source of his wealth and mentioned that the church owns the cars and homes he drives.
He listed every property the church possessed, including a Kilifi County international school.
The evangelist disclosed that the institution has state-of-the-art laboratories that are far superior than those found in other Kenyan universities, as well as an Olympic-caliber swimming pool.
Odero also revealed that the church is the owner of a contemporary hotel that is open around-the-clock. He went on to say that the hotel’s primary purpose was to house churchgoers.
The pastor disclosed, “A nine and a half-acre dam that serves as a source of water for Kilifi residents was also built by church offerings.”
Ezekiel stated, “I humbly ask the government to come and confirm what I am saying.”
However, he went on to say that the church has provided sponsorship for more than 200 kids who are presently enrolled in various secondary schools.
In response to inquiries about his personal wealth, the apostle denied rumors that he had used church funds to buy personal properties, explaining instead that he raises chickens to pay for his kids’ schooling and other personal endeavors.
“I don’t spend money from the church on myself. Nobody will profit from church funds, I’ve warned my wife and kids,” he said.
Investigations into the circumstances behind the murders of followers of controversial Good News International Church pastor Paul Mackenzie, who is currently in police detention, are being conducted by the Ad-hoc committee led by Tana River Senator Danson Mungatana.