Five people died at the Kaptembwa open grounds during a religious crusade convened by self proclaimed Prophet David Owour even as the terminally sick and physically disabled people continued streaming to the venue in record numbers.
Nakuru Divisional Police Commander Benard Kioko said that the victims had been brought to the meeting while bedridden by relatives, with some still carrying with them medical notes showing they had been discharged from various hospitals against strong advice by doctors.
“I can confirm they died in the open grounds and they were very sick. We have seen their documents that show some have been in hospital for months,” he said.
He, however, declined to disclose the identities of the victims, citing privacy until the next of kin are formally informed in writing by the police.
Though the lifeless bodies were placed in police vehicles by relatives in the presence of the faithful, the venue witnessed its largest crowd, with thousands flocking there using matatus and private vehicles while others trooped in on foot hoping to receive their miracles.
Dr Owuor, an accomplished scholarly author on genetics, took time to parade his team of doctors, led by an Egerton University lecturer Catherine Wangui, who has worked as a medical doctor for 36 years in public service, rising to the position of deputy director of medical services.
Others were heads of comprehensive care clinics, including Dr Torome Kochei, an HIV specialist and a senior assistant director of medical services with 18 years’ experience, and Dr Zakary Kaseboi, a cancer specialist with 18 years’ experience at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, where he is also a lecturer.
Dr Owuor said Kenya had witnessed healing and anointing taking place at the open grounds, saying time had come for people to turn to God with honesty and truth so as to get out of the curse that has blocked churches from being houses of healing and God’s goodness.
Earlier, Dr Wangui, who dedicates her life to the ministry and training medical students at Egerton University, told the excited crowd that medical experts were yet unable to explain how various life-threatening ailments vanished from patients on life-prolonging treatment.Daily Nation
The prophet courted controversy with the manner in which his supporters literally worship from. From calling him ‘Lord’, the supporters would wash the streets prior to his arrival with soap.
He was also escorted by a large convoy, typically reserved for the head of state, with 8 fully occupied police chase cars including riders and SUVs with himself being driven in a Range Rover.
The Inspector General of Police said that no civilian was authorised to use that many vehicles and he vehicles used had been impounded with the officials who released them being arrested.
Owuor’s ministry teaches of the rapture, a doctrine that is unbiblical and totally decieving. He is now building a 350 million mansion in Nairobi’s leafy Runda estate.